Eastern Ratsnake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis)
Native to Fairfax County
A long time resident of Riverbend Park, Liz has met countless school children, scout groups and families in an effort to ease people's worries about snakes. She helps teach the importance of snakes in our community too! Liz was donated to Riverbend Park by someone in the community.
In the wild, the non-venomous black rat snake spends much of its time on the ground and in trees searching for food. Young black rat snakes are often mistaken for copperheads and killed on the spot. Young black rat snakes look entirely different from adults not only in color but also in pattern.
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