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black snake,

name for several snakes, not all closely related, that are black in color. In the United States the name is applied chiefly to the black racerracer,
name for several related swift, slender snakes, especially those of the genus Coluber. All of the racers are nonpoisonous, nonconstricting, day-active snakes. The black racer, C.
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 and to the black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta), both partly arboreal in their habits. The black rat snake, also called pilot black snake and mountain black snake, is found in the NE United States. Like other rat snakes (Elaphe species), it is a constrictor and a valuable destroyer of rats and mice. It has shiny, slightly keeled scales and reaches a length of 8 ft (2.4 m). The poisonous Australian black snake belongs to the cobra family and has a hood. The North American black snakes are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, order Squamata, family Colubridae.
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Black snakes, though not poisonous, can reach a length of three metres, the TV report said.
If cornered, the black snake will bite and though it's not dangerous it could be painful.
I only wish we had a black snake hanging out in the crawlspace, especially right now as Callie has been getting one every couple of days, and I can hear mice messing around in the wall from time to time.
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Barn owls and black snakes are being enlisted in Cyprus to protect carob trees, known on the Mediterranean island since antiquity and once a flourishing export but now threatened by urbanisation and rats.
Since April, conservationists at centuries-old groves near the island's southern coast have been laying barn-owl nests and planning reptile nests, primarily for the non-poisonous black snake.
For the past two years we have been telling our friends and family about the black snakes that invade our chicken coop in the spring.
Black snakes do clear out all the rats and mice that usually hang around trying to get into the feed.
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I learned that black snakes were attracted to the shade of the large plant "ears" of squash, pumpkin, or watermelon plants.