Adults typically shiny black; may show traces of a blotched
or spotted pattern; skin between scales may be white, yellow,
or red; Juveniles have 29-32 blotches along the body. As the
snake matures, black pigment obscures the pattern.
Rocky wooded hillsides areas near creeks and rivers.
Typical adult length: 107-183 cm (42-72 in); Maximum: 75 inches.
Lizards, snakes, frog, birds eggs, small birds and mice;
kills by constriction.
History: One of the largest snake found in Nebraska. The
Rat Snakes hunts by day except in the hottest days of summer.
While it normally hunts on the ground the rat snake is a good
climber and can be found hunting in trees where it often plunders
eggs in bird's nests. When approached the rat snake may vibrate
its tail in alarm. If handled this snake often strikes and bites.
up to its name the Black Rat Snake consumes large numbers of
rodents and is considered beneficial. However common names don't
always hold true. This snake is also referred to as the Pilot
Blacksnake here in Nebraska. The myth was that rat snakes would
guide rattlesnakes back to their dens in the fall (pilot meaning