Snakes 101

A page with pictures of the 24 known snakes in Hampshire County didn’t include anything that looked like this intriguing guy found in Delray, but wildlife biologist Kevin Oxenrider identified it as a juvenile black ratsnake. “The reader is probably familiar with the black dorsal and blotched-white ventral coloration typical of adult black ratsnakes, but the juveniles are patterned like the animal in the photo,” Oxenrider said. o

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