Sunlit Snake

A black rat snake, taken on a softball field in Columbia, Maryland, in 2006. They're a common non-venomous species that preys on rats and mice. The scientific name for this snake could be Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta, Pantherophis obsoletus, or Pantherophis alleghaniensis, depending on who you ask.


#166 in Explore, 20 June 2007

  • dragon_sme 8y

    realllllly pretty snake :)
  • Matt Reinbold 8y

    Ah, that's a corn snake, rarely known as a red rat snake. They're one of the most commonly kept and bred pet reptiles and come in a wide variety of color morphs in captivity.

    And Motli says thanks, Sabrina ; )
  • dbarronoss 8y

    Yeah...but mine was wild :) (more special that way). Color was nearly copperhead like....but of course not the configuration of the spots.

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • C_C_R 8y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called RateMe (POST ONE RATE AND COMMENT THREE) animal photography, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group. If you join, please read the rules of the group and participate, it is ok if you dont wish to join a rate me group, this photo is very nice.
  • Matt Reinbold 8y

    Thanks for the invite, but that group's too involved for me. But thanks for the compliment anyhow!
  • Jenn Forman Orth 8y

    This is an amazing shot!
  • Matt Reinbold 8y

    Thanks a bunch : )
  • Rip Li 8y

    A very sexy snake, he is! I bet you love him very much!

    He is shaped much like Steve, my wild yellow rat snake. I let him go the next day. he was quite surprised by this. I miss him terribly, by crikey.
  • XOZ ~ 8y

    Great capture and a very welcome and happy addition to 000000. Thanks for posting!
  • Matt Reinbold 8y

    Thanks mate! I swear you're the only group for black colors rather than lack of color.
  • Sheryl McAuley 8y

    Wonderfull Color & DoF.
    You are invited to add this image to ***Fantastic Animal Photos***

  • Dave 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Maryland Wildlife, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    Found in a search. (?)
  • john Kenny 7y

    Great shot, Beautifull animal, j
  • gumbygillyweed 7y

    wow i really like this one
  • e_monk 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Stuff With No Legs, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Paul Harrop 6y

    ssssssssssstunning photo.
  • pleary 6y

    This photo would make an excellent addition to the Encyclopedia of Life. Please consider adding it to the EOL Images group.

    EOL needs images for all 1.8 million known species, so you are also invited to share any of your other good photos, too.
  • vladeb 6y

    beautiful shot!
  • Ar.Shakti Nanda 6y

    i thought its a mamba
  • andrea peking 2mo

    Excellent shot!
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Taken on May 27, 2006
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