Black Rat Snakes⚫🐀 wow what a graceful animal (: I watched it creep out of the crispy leaves of a dead tree, curl up, investigate me, and then go back into the shade.
They have an excellent climbing ability, in fact they can manuever up the trunk of a tree equally as well as it meanders along the ground. They are officially the largest native snake species of North America, and suffocates their prey which is usually only small species of rodents and occasionally birds or squirrels. When threatened, they kink and if disturbed further will assume a defensive posture. They are important to the ecosystem for controlling the population of rodents (especially around autumn) and providing food to larger predators like hawks and coyotes.
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