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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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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 one month 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.