Answer to the Front Page "Picture of the Week" Question for July 3rd - July 10th, 2003
This is a black rat snake, Elaphe obsoleta.
It is the most common snake species found on the grounds of the Arboretum. The snake in
this image was found in the National Bonsai & Penjing Museum.
Black rat snakes are beneficial
in the control they provide for rats and other rodents. The Arboretum's meadows and forests are home
to many animals and birds that are sometimes seen in the collections.