Black Ratsnake

Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta

Description: The adult Rat Snake is a large constrictor with a white chin and throat and weekly keeled dorsal scales. Mid-dorsal blotches are usually visible. The skin of the back and sides are flecked with red orange, or white spots.

Range: Rat Snakes cover most of the eastern U.S states, touching Florida and Texas. In Minnesota, ratsnakes only touch the state in the extreme southeastern corner.

Habitat: Woodland and other places touched by forests

Diet: Small mammals, birds, bird eggs, and nestlings.