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How do you identify a rat snake?

How to Identify a Rat Snake
  1. Check the snake's scales. Rat snakes have weakly keeled scales with ridges.
  2. Check the snake's color. Black rat snakes are all black with a white chin.
  3. Measure the snake. Adult rat snakes are 3 to 5 feet in length, but some larger subspecies can exceed 6 feet.
  4. Look at the snake's eyes. Rat snakes have round pupils.

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Besides, can a rat snake hurt you?

Like nearly all colubrids, rat snakes pose no threat to humans. Rat snakes were long believed to be completely nonvenomous, but recent studies have shown that some Old World species do possess small amounts of venom, though the amount is negligible relative to humans.

Similarly, why would a rat snake come in your house? Through Cracks and Gaps Around Doors. For snakes even very small gaps provide easy to access to the indoors where they seek food, such as rats and mice that may have gone ahead of them, or a safe place to lay eggs.

Simply so, how can you tell the difference between a cobra and a rat snake?

Most large brown snakes are considered to be Cobras, leading to unnecessary panic. However Rat snakes which are NON-VENOMOUS are easily distinguished from Cobras by vertical black lines on the lips below the eyes and irregular black bands on the body which are absent in the Indian Cobras.

Where do rat snakes like to hide?

While they are nocturnal in warm areas, they are still seen during the day fairly frequently. You may see them lying out in the sun or foraging in the forest or on the plains. They also take shelter in tree cavities to wait for prey. Rat snakes are often found in barns, where farmers like them to eat rodents.

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