Park Rambles - Indiana County Parks & Trails

Good Tree Climbers

The Eastern Rat Snake, what most people just call a Black Snake, is an excellent tree climber. They will often nest in the cavities of hollow trees. The one pictured here was seen climbing into a large Sugar Maple tree at Old Smicksbug Park. The Eastern Rat Snake can reach lengths of slightly more than 8 feet. They are non-poisonsous and do a good job of controlling mice and other rodents.

The other 'black snake' found in Indiana County is the Northern Racer. They can reach lengths of 5 feet and are known for their fast movements and tendency to hold their heads up in a periscope position when seeking out prey in fields and meadows.