This Eastern Ratsnake was admitted to the Wildlife Center in December 2021. The snake was taken from an unknown location in the wild and kept for an unknown period of time before a friend of the snake's former owner intervened and brought the ratsnake to the Center. Because this snake's original home territory and length of time in captivity are unknown, he is unable to be released into the wild. In October 2022, the Center held a naming contest to determine this ambassador's name; a total of 191 suggestions were submitted from 16 different states and even other countries! In the end, Allegheny was chosen due to the mountain region that is both a part of the species' natural habitat as well as its scientific name, Pantherophis alleghaniensis.
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