Need Help with Snake

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by terricksa, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. terricksa

    terricksa Out Of The Brooder

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    I found this little guy trying to get into our basement thru our garage lastnight.

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    I think it is a black rat snake but not positive.

    Can anyone help confirm or deny. Also good or bad to have?

    Also I am in SW PA, if that helps or is needed
     
  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    I would say it looks like a juvenile black rat snake .. cute!
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    How long is it?

    I'm guessing juvie black racer, which is a good one to have around, but that guess depends upon size, i.e. age.

    Do a Google search for snakes of PA - I have a bookmarked site for SC snakes, it's great for ID.
     
  4. BYC_In_Long_Beach

    BYC_In_Long_Beach Out Of The Brooder

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    It looks like a Gopher Snake AKA Bull Snake. Harmless and very beneficial in keeping rodent numbers down.
     
  5. terricksa

    terricksa Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:It was maybe 18 inches.

    Google is what got me to Juvey black rat snake. Just was looking for more confirmation. Also should I be worried about more young ones tryign to get in?
     
  6. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Quote:It was maybe 18 inches.

    Google is what got me to Juvey black rat snake. Just was looking for more confirmation. Also should I be worried about more young ones tryign to get in?

    Your mice should be very worried. [​IMG]
     
  7. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
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    Looks like a rat snake, though not sure of the variety. Definitely GOOD to keep rodent population down and they are completely harmless. They will, more often than not, run away when they see you coming. Juvies may nip, but it doesnt hurt any more than a finger-stick for blood.
     
  8. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking Gray Rat snake but I think that most young rat snakes look pretty much alike. Good one to have around but you need to keep your baby chicks secure.
     

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