November 9 2017

Photo of the Week: Salem the Endangered Snake

By: Rich Hosford


Another Week, Another Photo to highlight.


This week’s photo may not be popular among sufferers of ophiophobia, or the fear of snakes, but it’s actually harmless. It is of Salem the Burlington School Department’s black rat snake being held up by Science Center’s director and animal curator Wendy Pavlicek.


The largest snake in Massachusetts, the black rat snake can grow upwards of eight feet. It’s found in the Connecticut River Valley, and eats small mammals, birds, and amphibians. Adults are mostly black, with a white throat, and juveniles are mottled grey. The species is listed as endangered.

Salem here is a young snake and get’s his name from the Massachusetts town.

We’d like to see your photos. They could be of something you see around town, the weather outside your own door or even photos of your family members and pets. Whatever you think is interesting and would like to share.

Email your photos to with the subject line “Photo of the Week.”


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