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