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Eastern Rat snake This was the first time that I had witnessed a snake not only climbing a vertical surface, but maintaining its grip whilst releasing part of its body to exhibit defensive behaviour. So impressive! Even though it was high up and a good distance away from me, it was clearly too close for comfort for this character. <br />
90 cm body length.  Colubridae,Eastern Rat Snake,Eastern ratsnake,Geotagged,Pantherophis alleghaniensis,Squamata,Summer,United States,Vertebrate,fauna,pennsylvania,reptile Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Eastern Rat snake

This was the first time that I had witnessed a snake not only climbing a vertical surface, but maintaining its grip whilst releasing part of its body to exhibit defensive behaviour. So impressive! Even though it was high up and a good distance away from me, it was clearly too close for comfort for this character.
90 cm body length.

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  1. Very nice! This is a great shot! Posted 7 months ago
    1. Thanks Lisa, glad you enjoyed :) Posted 7 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 Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Jul 23, 2019. Captured Jun 25, 2014 15:20 in 440 State Rte 1059, Finleyville, PA 15332, USA.