The black rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta) is the largest snake in Ohio, reaching lengths up to 8 feet. It is an excellent climber and often takes shelter in a cavity high up in the trees. It often enters abandoned or little used buildings such as barns or attics in search of rodents to eat.
- Where to see them: Eastern United States
- Length: Up to 8 ft
- Habitat: Varied habitats from rocky hillsides to farmlands
- Diet: Rodents