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Posted by dan felice on April 16, 2003 at 19:00:50:

In Reply to: Re: Just got my black rat snake, question posted by hotshot on April 16, 2003 at 16:13:42:

: Black rat snakes are pretty variable when it comes to coloration, and it is very hard to judge the color of one as a hatchling/yearling.

: We have black rats here in KY that dont attain a true black color and maintain much of their pattern. Here is a picture of my black rat, he is a WC '01 and a little over a year and a half old.

:Most black rats will retain some pattern, with the exception of the snakes from the eastern states or from southeastern Missouri where I grew up.
:The coloration can be from dark grey to an olive coloration to solid black. Mine even has some dark golden coloration to him!! That is why I like the black rats so well, is the coloration of these beauties and their personalities are usually pretty chill.

:Post some pics of yours
:Good luck and Happy herping

texas rat snake. is that really a black rat? we have blackrats that look something like that around here but we call them sorry, couldn't resist. seriously, they are solid black [white-chinned] here in the northeast by their 2nd year. nice looking snake though. do you know the locality?

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