Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta
Black Rat Snake
Lifespan: Over 20 years
Activity Period: Diurnal
Southwestern New England to Eastern Ontario to Georgia, Wisconsin,Oklahoma,
and northern Louisiana
Woodlands, farmlands, swamps, and barnyards
Fairly aggressive, but tame easily
Caging: A 29 gallon
high aquarium is a good choice. Cypress mulch, and newspaper are good
substrates. Strong branches to climb on and a hide box are essentials.
75 F to 85 Fin the daytime. An under-tank heater is a good idea if the
surrounding air is colder than this.
Food: Appropriate sized
Lighting: No special
lighting is necessary, but a day/ night cycle should be maintained.
Water: A bowl of water
big enough for the snake to climb into should be provided at all
Shortened Hillary Harms info. From Sandy Allen