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Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis obsoletus obsoletus)

Reported By:
Gregory Neil Woodie
Time:
May 5th, 2012 - 11:45 AM
State:
Virginia
County:
Campbell
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male
Method:
Visual Encounter

Notes

i got a call from a friend across the highway one morning saying he had a snake in his yard! his description was 'a black snake'. i thought to myself that if it was a Racer, it would be gone before i got there. luckily, my friend lives less than a mile from me. i got to his yard and the snake was coming down from a tree and was in the grass. i didn't see it at first. then i spotted it and slipped my hook up under its mid-section. it started struggling and i grabbed its tail, then it whipped around and tried to bite my pants leg. when i finally got it under control, i sat down with it and my friend's wife and 2 daughters ran and got their cameras and started snapping pictures! ;) later, my roommate and i tried to measure the snake. it's a good 5 footer! one of the biggest i've seen in awhile.

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