Fact: in #virginia
We have 3 different types of snakes that can be solid black: Northern black racer, Eastern ratsnake, and Black eastern hognose.
How do you tell the difference?
If you walk up and it slithers away at a high rate of speed, supernatural like...that's a telltale sign of a Northern black racer. Hence the name.😏 Is it really long?🙋🏻♂️💪🤣🤣
Since racers taper off around 3 feet, the Eastern ratsnake will grow around 6 to 7 feet. The longest on record is over 8 feet!
Ratsnakes are also climbers. You'll see them in barns, trees searching for nests, and bedrooms bahahaha.
Since ratsnakes are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at twilight and at night.
The racer on the other hand is most active during the day. The Northern black racer is more aggressive and will likely tag you if you try to pick them up, though they're non-venomous.
In short... snake eating another snake...black racer. The one farmers and gardeners appreciate here in Va, the eastern ratsnake. I'm not a fan of cats, so they keep the mice away from my camper.😂😂😂 Whichever snake you see in our area, you know know not to call it s "black snake." See one, do one, teach one. Keep life simple and everything else will follow.
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