Is this a black rat snake? (pic)

catherinet(5 IN)September 12, 2006

Hi all,

This is the snake that has taken up residence in my backyard, in my several little watergardens. Unfortunately, I'm not seeing my green frogs, and I'm hoping he didn't eat them. Is it a black rat snake? Thanks for your help.

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looks more like an eastern water snake to me. they are not venomous, but can be pretty aggressive and will bite. primarily they eat small reptiles and amphibians.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2006 at 2:34PM
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patrick_nh(z4/5 NH)

They'll eat fish too.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 4:56AM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks elke and patrick.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 7:20AM
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It's a Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon). They are harmless and nonvenomous. They will eat frogs but don't pose a threat to a healthy self-sustaining free-ranging wild frog population as a whole.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2006 at 9:16PM
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catherinet(5 IN)

Thanks Wayne.
Would it eat all the frogs in my small backyard ponds? I might have to relocate it if it does. I really enjoy those frogs singing me to sleep at night. I hate to do that......but I don't think I could convince it to change to peanut butter and jelly.

    Bookmark   September 14, 2006 at 4:05PM
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