Nothing to fear from 'snake in tree'

September 24, 2009 3:47:07 PM PDT
A local expert said a large snake that was spotted, and photographed, in a Delaware tree is no threat to you... or your pets. The picture was taken by a 13-year-old boy on Scottfield Drive in Newark back on Friday.

Jim White, of the Delaware Nature Society, said it was not a boa constrictor or a python, despite it's size. Instead, he said it was a rat snake.

While rat snakes have been known to get into homes and garages, they prefer trees. That would explain why it was hanging out among the leaves when it was photographed.

The snake was last seen slithering into the woods.