Black Rat Snake Video

11:42 AM

An old friend, Brock, recently got in touch with me a couple of weeks back and it was nice to catch up after not having seen him in over 3 years. Brock is a fellow reptile and amphibian enthusiast and also an excellent Videographer/ Film Editor.

I wanted to share one of Brock's latest mini (33 second) video about a Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta) he found with his son Reed. The snake was found in Eastern Ontario.

For those who don't know the Black Rat Snake is Ontario's largest snake, growing just over 6 feet long. It is also one of our most endangered snake's in Ontario as its habitat has significantly declined over the past 100 years.

Enjoy Brock's video of a Black Rat Snake below and if you'd like to see more of Brock's video's visit his YouTube Channel:

Good Herping!

~ Kristen Martyn

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  1. I didn't know the population of Black Rat Snakes is in such a decline, thanks for the post and the video.


  2. Thank PrairieBirder! Unfortunately Black Rat Snakes are now restricted to a very small region in Ontario. Along with Blue Racers and Massasauga Rattlesnakes they are the most endangered snakes in Ontario.

    ~ Kristen Martyn

  3. Rat snakes are surely one of the most famous creatures of the horror fantasy of the Hollywood movies where they creeps the night with their sounds. But when you see them in real world they are more scare of human then the human is scared from them and they always attack on you when they find life threat from you and otherwise they are very shy creatures.

  4. Yes I agree that black snakes are just restricted to very small geographic area and something must be done to save them from extinction.


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