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Eastern Ratsnake (Juvenile) - Pantherophis alleghaniensis This is the largest snake species found in Connecticut.  It is nonvenomous.<br />
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Juveniles are light gray with brown/black blotches, a large head, and a black checkerboard belly.  They turn black with age and can reach 68 inches long (1.72 m).<br />
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Habitat: Spotted resting on a rock amidst vegetation at a neighborhood garden center. Eastern ratsnake,Geotagged,Pantherophis,Pantherophis alleghaniensis,United States,ratsnake Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Eastern Ratsnake (Juvenile) - Pantherophis alleghaniensis

This is the largest snake species found in Connecticut. It is nonvenomous.

Juveniles are light gray with brown/black blotches, a large head, and a black checkerboard belly. They turn black with age and can reach 68 inches long (1.72 m).

Habitat: Spotted resting on a rock amidst vegetation at a neighborhood garden center.

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  1. I suppose you were looking at the lichen initially :) Posted 5 months ago
    1. Haha! No, I wasn't actually! I was just standing there, debating which plants to get to attract moths after Gary recommended floral lures to me. I looked over, and there the snake was. Lucky spotting for me :). My husband actually took this shot with his phone because my phone was dead, haha. Posted 5 months ago
      1. Tell your husband to take the photo because you don't dare to. It doesn't have to be true, men like that. Posted 5 months ago
        1. Lol, if only. I had to prompt him to get closer because he didn't want to get too close to it ;P. But, he was super brave a couple years ago when he jumped in a river to save a cicada from drowning when he saw how concerned I was about the poor bugger...His bravery comes in two forms here: there was a huge (yet harmless) water snake a few feet from him AND this was the Hudson River in NY, which is polluted and makes your skin tingle if you stay in too long. Posted 5 months ago

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''Pantherophis alleghaniensis'', commonly called the eastern ratsnake, is a nonvenomous colubrid species endemic to North America.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Jun 25, 2019. Captured in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.