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A walker in Zionsville, Indiana, was in a slithery surprise when she came in a huge eastern rat snake, hanging on a tree branch.
The walker, who, as Michelle Modglin by the City of Zionsville the Facebook page, ran along the Big-4 Rail Trail when she saw that the eastern rat snake, also known as the black rat snake.
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But it is not clear how long this particular snake was, these animals usually reach a length of 3 to 5 metres, but they can be longer, per the city’s post.
“Although their size can be intimidating, rat snakes are predators of mice and rats, and we keep our local habitats healthy. They also eat squirrels, chipmunks and birds, and bird eggs. Rat snakes are excellent climbers, and prefer to relax in the trees, instead of on the ground,” it reads.
“Toxic or not, I would be scared to death!” said one person in response.
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“Beautiful photo of a beautiful animal,” said a second.
“Wow, I would definitely turn around and walk the other way, not[toxic] or not!” a third wrote.
Park goers in Zionsville can also come in a variety of other snake species, such as the midland water snakes and garter snakes, among others.
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Black rat snakes enthusiastic swimmers and climbers; skills which they often use to catch prey, according to the National Wildlife Federation. These snakes are also constrictors, which means that they use their body to suffocate their prey.
“All snakes may bite or musk when they feel threatened,” warns the City of Zionsville in the post. “We ask that you show respect, give them room, and take lots and lots of pictures.”