Ahhh! What should we name this huge park rat snake by the sea?

A special THANK YOU to my friend Michelle from Seaside Park. The other day she was shocked to see a rather large rat snake sneaking into her garden.

Now we all know the Jersey Shore is home to different types of snakes, but … just imagine you’re hanging out on your porch, relaxing in the sun and all of a sudden you see a 4ft snake slowly making its sound. way through your yard. I know it’s not an anaconda or rattlesnake but a lot of us aren’t snakes, most of our snake IQs are terrible!

I respect snakes, I know they have a purpose but still I’m not Steve Irwin, you won’t see me playing with a snake. Plus, seeing a baby garden snake is one thing … that all black rat snake was pretty big! You don’t see a 4-foot snake hanging out in a Jersey Shore town every day. Ahhh!

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What is a rat snake?

Adult ratsnakes are typically 3 to 5 feet tall, but large individuals can be over 6 feet long. The appearance of ratsnakes varies considerably across the geographic range. Ratsnakes have a more northerly distribution and are typically black above with a slight hint of white between some of the scales. Adult ratsnakes primarily eat mice, rats, squirrels, and birds, as well as bird eggs. They are a common predator of wood duck eggs. Juveniles feed on small frogs, lizards and small rodents. Ratsnakes are skillful constrictors and climbers who can scale brick walls as well as tree trunks. When frightened, they often adopt a “twisted” posture and stay still. They will vibrate the tail and expel the smelly musk. A rat snake bite is not poisonous.

I guess Michelle now has a backyard pet! She needs your help to name it …

What should we name this Seaside Park rat snake?


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