Black Rat Snake
(Elaphe obsoleta)

Black Rat Snake
Photo by permission of Marietta College

Seasons in Walnut Creek: Year-round resident, hibernates in winter

Black rat snakes hibernate during colder months. During hibernation they live underground or in rotten trees. Snakes can sometimes hibernate together. They will come out and bask in the sun in the warmer months. Black rat snakes are common residents in wetlands and wooded areas. These snakes are not poisonous but may strike if provoked.

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Walnut Creek Sighting: Sighted climbing tree in floodplain near State Street boardwalk; reached height of approximately 20 feet.

Black Rat Snake
Photo by permission of Marietta College

This page prepared by 8th grader Chase F.
Exploris Middle School - Fall 2008