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Re: Black Rat Snake with yellow markings
Posted by Wayne on June 12, 2005, 11:24 am, in reply to "Re: Black Rat Snake with yellow markings"
I agree with you that it is a black rat snake. The faint diamonds you saw are the remnants of their juvenile pattern. Juvenile Black Rat Snakes are gray with blotch/diamond like markings and look very different than adults. As they age black rat snakes darken in color and ones in the 2 1/2 to 4 foot range will often be black but will still have the blotches somewhat faintly visible from their juvenile pattern.
: Of all the pictures, it looks closer to
: the black rat snake. It was very dark
: black as the one with no yellow, but
: had faint yellow diamonds. I would say
: after all the snakes I have looked up,
: and your help, it must be some form of
: black rat snake. Thanks for the help.
: --Previous Message--
: Here is a picture with a Black Rat
: with no yellow on the left and a Black
: Rat Snake with yellow markings on the
: right. The picture isn't the greatest,
: but I wanted one with both kinds of
: black rat snakes so you can see the
: variability within one species. If you
: click on the link there are more
: pictures of the two rat snakes and even
: a video of the one with yellow in its
: --Previous Message--
: Here is what the black phase of the
: Timber Rattlesnake looks like.
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