Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis obsoletus)
Strangles its prey before eating it. Mainly feeds on rodents and birds (young and eggs), but on occasion also feeds on amphibians as well as other snakes. It eats every 7 to 10 days.
Mating occurs in the spring and early summer, at approximately 4 years of age. Five weeks later, the female lays between 12 and 20 eggs. Hatching occurs 65 to 70 days later. If conditions are good, the female may produce two clutches per year.
In nature, from 20 to 30 years. Up to 30 years in captivity.
The raccoon preys on its eggs while birds of prey target the young.
Threatened or endangered, depending on the population.