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The black rat snake is the largest snake in Ohio, reaching lengths up to eight feet. It is an excellent climber and often takes shelter in a cavity high up in the trees. It often enters abandoned or little used buildings such as barns or attics in search of rodents to eat.

black rat snake looking at camera

Did You Know?

Helpful Hunter: The black rat snake plays an important role as a predator in controlling the rodent population.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Pantherophis alleghaniensis

Eastern United States

Varied habitats from rocky hillsides to farmlands

Up to 8 ft

Zoo Location:
Reptile House