Size: A large sized snake measuring 45 to 67.5 inches in
Color: Black dorsum sometimes with a trace white pattern.
Venter is patterned with black and white checkers.
Eastern rat snakes can be distinguished from black
racers by their square cross-section, checkered venter
and large head width compared to the thin neck. Weakly
keeled dorsal scales. Juveniles are patterned.
Behavior: Will vibrate tail rapidly in leaves to mimic the sound of a
rattlesnakes rattle, a behavior seen in many CT snakes.
When handled they emit an unpleasant smelling musk
and are often quick to bite. Non-venomous, bite is
Habitat: Forests with associated rocky out-crops Sometimes
found in barns and often observed basking in trees,
especially when close to denning areas.
Commonly Confused Native Species: