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Vermont Museum of Natural History, INC. 

[802] 464 - 0048


7599 VT Route 9
West Marlboro, VT 05363

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Black Rat Snake   [Pantherophis Obsoletus]

Average Adult Length  3.3 - 5.8 Feet

As another Wild Things Environmental Education animal, Ember came to us in 2015.  She was originally an unwanted pet and her origin beyond that is a mystery.

Black rat snakes can grow to be the longest snakes in New England measuring over eight feet long!  A snake that size might have seemed like an exciting pet, but the truth is that snakes are a poor pet choice for most people and often pet snakes become unwanted and are abandoned or released into back yards. That’s the story with all of the Museum snakes.