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Is this a black rat snake? (pic)

Posted by catherinet z5 (My Page) on
Tue, Sep 12, 06 at 13:57

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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RE: Is this a black rat snake? (pic)

  • Posted by elke 6b (My Page) on
    Tue, Sep 12, 06 at 14:34

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.


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RE: Is this a black rat snake? (pic)

They'll eat fish too.


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Thanks elke and patrick.


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RE: Is this a black rat snake? (pic)

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.


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RE: Is this a black rat snake? (pic)

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.


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