Open 361 Days a Year: Admissions 10:00am – 3:30pm; park closes at 4:30pm

Welcome to the WNC Nature Center! Reservations are not required, and tickets do not need to be purchased online in advance.

Black Rat Snake

Black Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta

Appearance: Black rat snakes can reach eight feet in length. They have slender bodies, are non-venomous, and can subdue their prey via constriction. As adults, they are primarily black except for a small amount of white between their scales and on their chin and throat. Their average lifespan in the wild is 10 to 15 years; however under human care, a black rat snake can live more than 20 years.

Range: Black rat snakes can be found throughout the east coast from southern Vermont to Florida. They can be found in hard-wood forests, swamps, timbered upland, farmland, barns, and old fields. They are most active during the day, but still prefer to stay nearby protective cover. Black rat snakes hibernate in the winter, often with other snakes such as the venomous rattlesnake or copperhead.

Diet: Black rat snakes are excellent for pest control, preying mostly on rodents. Black rat snakes are great climbers, which helps them ascend rafters and trees to prey on mice and even bird eggs and squirrels.

 

Birch

Date of Birth: 2011

Birch was brought into the Nature Center as a young snake in May 2012. He is 6’3 in length and enjoys eating mice and following scent trails!

 

Big

Black Rat Snake

Date of Birth: 1996-1998 est.

Big is the oldest snake at the WNC Nature Center. Due to his age, one of his favorite pastimes is napping!

 

Fussy

Date of Birth: unknown

Fussy is a very active snake. She enjoys climbing and snacking on quail chicks!

 

Reg

Date of Birth: June 2011

Reg is a huge fan of snacking and loves to eat whatever her keeper gives her!

 

Lucius

Date of Birth: 2007-2009 est.

Lucius is leucistic, which means he produces no pigment and is all white with blue eyes. Even though he’s 6′ long, he loves to squeeze into caves and small areas!

Meet our other animals

American Black Bear

American Black Bear

Generally shy and reclusive animals, black bears avoid human contact and are not normally aggressive. Two black bears, Uno and Ursa, live at the Nature Center.

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Red Wolf Karma

American Red Wolf

Red wolves are highly endangered species that has been eliminated from almost all of its natural range. Our breeding pair of red wolves, Karma and Garnet, are part of the AZA Species Survival Plan.

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Angora Goat

Angora Goat

Angoras are primarily browsing animals and thrive best where there is a good cover of brush, weeds, and grass.    Disliking the rain, Angoras are well adapted to a dry, mild climate.

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