A hiker from Zionsville, Indiana, was surprised to be surprised when she fell on a huge rat snake hanging from a tree branch.
The hiker, identified as Michelle Modglin by the Zionsville City Facebook page, was walking along the Big-4 Rail Trail when she saw the rat snake, also known as the black rat snake.
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Although the length of this snake is not clear, these creatures generally reach a length of 3 to 5 feet, although they may be longer, by city post.
"Although their size may be daunting, the Ratsnakes are predators for mice and rats and help maintain the health of our local habitats. They will also eat squirrels, chipmunks and birds, as well as bird eggs. Ratsnappers are excellent climbers and prefer to relax in the trees rather than on the ground, "reads.
"Poison or not, I'd be scared to death!" Commented one person in response.
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"Beautiful picture of a beautiful animal," said a second.
"Wow, I'd surely go back and I'd run the other way, no[venomous] or not! Wrote a third.
Visitors to the park in Zionsville may also encounter a variety of other species of snakes, such as northern snakes and snakes, for example.
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Black snakes are passionate swimmers and mountaineers; skills they often use to catch prey, according to the National Wildlife Federation. These snakes are also constrictors, which means that they use their bodies to smother their prey.
"All snakes can bite or musk if they feel threatened," warns Zionsville. "We ask you to show respect, give them space and take lots of pictures."