|Waiting to come inside - REK|
This rat snake, Pantherophis obsoletus, moves cautiously at what appears to be its top speed even when disturbed. This is deceptive as demonstrated by recent research. Contrary to popular belief, a rat snake can strike its prey with the same speed as a rattlesnake.
Research reported in Nytimes.com shows a video comparison of P. obsoletus against a cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus), and the western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox). This dramatic strike speed in the video is equivalent to a car going 0-60 mph in less than a 10th of a second. You can then compare the strike speed with the human's reaction in this video.
|Snake-bite Jon - REK|
Thanks to Dave Shanholtzer for sending the link.