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Black rat snake

Pantherophis obsoletus obsoletus

Rat snakes are large, shiny, black snakes with white chins and throats. Young rat snakes are patterned with dark blotches on a gray background and traces of this juvenile coloration are often visible in adult specimens. These are Michigan’s largest snakes. Adults range in length from 3.5 to 8 feet.