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Black Rat Snake   [Pantherophis obsoletus]

Average Adult Length 3.3 - 5.8 Feet

Saber the black rat snake was born in captivity before being donated to the Museum.  Unable to survive in the wild and with no real history to decide where her “wild” is, we decided to keep her as an education animal.

Snakes are fantastic education animals.  They are among the most misunderstood and wrongly feared animals around.  In fact, most snakes are helpful to humans and very few pose any realistic threat.  For example:  Our larger snakes are primarily rodent eaters, this means that they are out in the world fighting lime disease vectors, protecting our food crops and helping to keep mice out of our homes.  All for free!

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