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Rat Snake


  • Medium bodied snake that average between 4 to 6 feet
  • Produce a foul odor if attacked by a predator to act as a deterrent
  • Rat Snakes are excellent swimmers although they prefer dry environments where their prey lives

The rat snake is a medium to large nonvenomous snake that is common in the US. The black rat snake and the gray rat snake are the snakes most commonly found in Alabama. The rat snake eats primarily rodents and small birds. They are often found in rural areas that are near forests and within barns as they seek out rats and mice. Young rat snakes are sometimes confused with copperheads because they share a similar pattern. Rat snakes try to avoid humans and will usually remain motionless when confronted, although some adults will strike to protect themselves. Before striking many snakes have been known to coil and vibrate their tails in dead leaves in order to simulate a rattle.

I just moved to the area and called Horizons for a quote. The office staff were very helpful in assessing my needs and getting me set up with an appointment. Horizons Professional Pest Control sent a technician the same day to take care of my problem. My technician, Chad, was very knowledgable and took so much time talking to me about what I needed and telling me how he was going to address those needs. So happy with my choice.

Leigh, Cahaba Heights, AL
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