Western, or “black” rat snakes, are one of the longest snakes located in North America. Since the snake doesn’t have venom, if it feels threatened, it will rustle its tail in dead leaves to mimic the sound of a rattlesnake. They can also produce a horrible odor to deter a threat. During colder temperatures the snake will share its den with other snakes such as the timber rattlesnake and copperhead. Due to this behavior rat snakes are also nicknamed pilot snakes.

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Location: Temporarily off exhibit

Arrived at EPZ: Sirius - Sep 24, 2008