We report observations of natural encounters by Japanese Tits with Jungle Crows and Japanese rat snakes
Habitat use by black rat snakes
(Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta) in fragmented forests.
Dylan Davenport with an aesculapian rat snake
of the kind breeding in the wild after escaping from Colwyn Bay' s Mountain Zoo Picture: RICHARD WILLIAMS
INTERACTION OF RED-COCKADED WOODPECKERS WITH RESIN AND RAT SNAKES
Individuals of three snake species, common kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula), timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus), and rat snake
(Elaphe obsolete) consumed four cotton rats, and one great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) preyed upon one of the 72 rats released.
In India, cobras and rat snakes
are integral to suppressing pest populations - but the eradication of snakes in some Indian agricultural areas has caused populations of crop-damaging rodents such as rice rats and lesser mole rats to skyrocket.
The term rat snake
actually refers to a number of different species, including corn snakes, black rat snakes
and Baird's snakes.
Adult mortality was only observed in two studies using video surveillance to monitor songbirds--a thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Spermophilus tridecemlineatus) depredated one Chestnut-collared Longspur (Calcarius ornatus) female (Pietz and Granfors 2000) and rat snakes
Phenotypic consequences of nest-site selection in black rat snakes
usually eat rodents, spiders and birds, which they suffocate and swallow whole.
are a diverse and widespread group who, as their name suggests, feed extensively on rodents in the wild.
On any given day during this annual migration--repeated in reverse between mid-March and mid-May--visitors can see venomous copperheads, timber rattlers, and cottonmouths, as well as nonvenomous king and rat snakes
, yellowbellies, and green (a threatened species in Illinois), garter, earth, and ringneck snakes.