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black rat snake
Posted by Jeanie on June 25, 2005, 8:19 am
i have a black rat living in my barn and he or she has been there for at least 5 years now. I worry each year about him/her as development is going pretty strong around here. But my barn seems to be its perfered habitat and i keep my visits at a minimum as to not disturb his/her living conditions.Each time i catch a glimpse, which is usually by moving a box or box lid, i am delighted to find it in one of my storage bins.Each shedding results in a bit of a larger size and i have been keeping the pristine skins to trac the growth. This last one was over 6 feet. AWESOME!
The Appalachian Naturalist