The Black RatsnakeCrystal Calhoun
There are so many different kinds of snakes out there. Though many snakes are venomous and very aggressive, some are not as dangerous as others, and people simply need to know the difference between the two.
The Black Ratsnake (or chicken snake) is a non poisonous snake, commonly found in wooded areas and flat farmlands of most southeast, Midwest, and eastern states. In their early stages of growth, the color of their scales will be a grayish color on the top with brown patches here and there. But when they reach maturity, It’s shiny black scales and cream colored under belly are a dead give away to the identification of its personage.
It can grow up to six feet long, but on average, it will only be about three feet and six inches. While not know to be very aggressive, the black Ratsnake will still become violent when threatened, but usually, there are other tricks this predator possesses that it will use to wade off an attack before becoming engrossed in an attack. If this snake is alarmed, it will release a stench in the hopes of stinking out whatever’s around. Another tactic it uses is shaking it’s tail to mimic the sound of a more dangerous snake, the Rattlesnake. But in the event of a fight however, it will more then likely become hostile and use its constricting muscles to its advantage(because the Black Ratsnake is actually a constrictor).
Like many snakes, the Ratsnake feeds on small animals like mice, squirrels, rabbits, and birds. It also eats chicken eggs, which is a reason it would not be very good to keep one hanging around if you have a farm with fowl on it ( I suggest you welcome a tom cat into your home if you have the problem of rodents).
These snakes are also very good climbers, and enjoy spending a lot of their time in trees.
So in closing I’ll say that these snake, though a danger to livestock and small family pets, are not really a big deal in the grand scheme of things. If you see a Ratsnake as you go about your way, I suggest you simply leave it alone, or relocate it if you have small animals around or would rather not have a snake hanging around in your yard.
So now that you know what these snake are and how to deal with them, look sharp, and carry on in the wisdom bestowed.