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Discussion in 'Ratsnakes' started by dcboas, Apr 4, 2004.

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  1. dcboas

    dcboas Elite Member

    I have a juvenile rat snake and need some help.Right now it is grey with black markings.I need to know if as it gets older will it change to black.Everything I have read doesnt confirm my questions.HELP!! :confused:
     
  2. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    do you know what type of rat it is??
     
  3. dcboas

    dcboas Elite Member

    not really.the book i am holding right now doesnt help at all,it just tell alittle about them and even has a pic of one that looks just like mine.the book is amphibians and reptiles of the cacolinas and virginia
     
  4. kenman1963

    kenman1963 Moderator

    do ya have a picture you can post of him ???
     
  5. redgirl77

    redgirl77 Elite Member

    The best guide is Peterson Field Guides! I've got Reptiles and Amphibians: Eastern Central North America. I buy almost all of my books from www.half.com. I find what I want in stores and then search for it by isbn on half.com. I think I paid like $5 for my petersons guide!

    Here is a pic of a black rat snake that I photographed by Whitewater Falls in NC back in '98.
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  6. dcboas

    dcboas Elite Member

    if anyone has the same book the pic is on page 202 and is idenical to mine :)
     
  7. redgirl77

    redgirl77 Elite Member

    My Peterson's says this:

    BLACK RAT SNAKE, E. obsoleta obsoleta
    Uniform black or with faint traces of spotted pattern; throat light. YOUNG: Patterned like Gray Rat Snake.

    (Peterson Field Guides Reptiles and Amphibians: Eastern/Central North America page 92)

    I just love black rat snakes! They are sooo beautiful!
     
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