|A Black Rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta) in our side yard. I'm glad this fellow is living here. I hope he comes out and says hi more often.|
|...someone is full and happy. I wonder what he ate...mouse, vole, chipmunk? If you look at the left, you can see the scales are close together, but in the middle prey has stretched out the skin, which separates the scales.|
|...with his head tipped up a little, you can see the rostral groove in his upper lip, which is the small hole the tongue protrudes through. In the next photo...you can see the tongue!|
|Snakes flick their tongues in and out of their mouths through the rostral groove without every having to open their mouths.|
|The pattern on a Black Rat snake, when visible, is distinct. The dark spots on the dorsal side lay across his back like saddles.|
This video shows how beautiful and graceful a Black Rat snake is when it moves.
I wonder if this is the baby Black Rat snake we found in our basement last autumn and released into our back yard? He's not fully grown, so he might be...
p.s. This post is for my niece, Maria, my son, Matty, and my neighbor, Chet...all of whom love snakes.