Baby Rat Snake

I caught a baby rat snake on our porch on Monday morning.

Posted: Sep 21, 2011 09:03 am

I was on my way out of the house Monday morning when I spied a small snake hiding in a niche on our porch. A baby rat snake! I went back inside for my camera and a long-handled spoon. The morning was chilly and the snake was inactive, so I scooped him into a box with the spoon. I called my snake friend Chuck, but Chuck said he had enough snakes right now, and to let it go. How can anyone have enough snakes? So I took pictures, then let him go, into the woods.

It is hard to imagine that this 12 inch snake will be 5 feet long in a couple years, and solid black, with a ivory underbelly. The youngsters are so strikingly marked, with chocolate spots on a light tan background.

Slideshow from my Flickr account:

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