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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

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Taken on May 27, 2006