LIVINGSTON COUNTY A visitor to Letchworth State Park shot this amazing video of a black rat snake climbing a tree by the Lower Falls.
Laurie Buzzard posted the video to Facebook on Tuesday. Its comment section immediately exploded, with commenters trying to identify the snake first and share what they had heard about this, New York’s largest indigenous snake.
“Pantherophis obsoletus – black rat snake. New York states largest snake,” posted Ella Wynn, a rafting guide with Adventure Calls Outfitters in Letchworth State Park.
“I read once they can jump the length of their body. Nice video,” posted Heather Geoghegan.
“That’s mostly regarding venomous species, and it’s that they can strike approximately half of their length,” posted Wynn, who quickly followed up with, “Black rat snakes help control pest problems!”
Black rat snakes, common in Letchworth State Park, are famous for their appetite for rattlesnake. As the adage goes, ‘If you see a rat snake, leave it. You’ll never see a rattler around.’
“People don’t expect them in the trees… but they like to hide there,” posted DeeDee James Vanicek. “Beautiful video by the way!”
“DeeDee James Vanicek Thank you!” replied Buzzard. “I just happen to be at the right place at the right time! Just wish I had a nicer camera for clearer shots!”