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Texas Rat Snake

Texas Rat Snake

non-venomousTEXAS RAT SNAKE, Elaphe obsoleta lindheimerii, NON-VENOMOUS


This is the most common large snake in the Austin area!

This snake is often incorrectly called a 'chicken snake', probably because of it's fondness for hen's eggs. It is often misidentified for several reasons. This snake will vibrate its tail, and depending on what the tail is hitting against may make a sound that will make you think that you are dealing with a Rattlesnake, even though they have no rattle!

While the juveniles are colored with brown blotches on a gray background, the adult's dark gray to black blotches will be on a red, orange, yellow, or even white background, giving the snake a wide range of possible color combinations. The belly is plain with no patterning. The adults are from 4 to 6 feet long, but I have actually caught one near Zilker Park that was 7'1" long! These snakes will eat any kind of rodent, birds, or bird eggs.

They are excellent climbers, and will go into attics and under homes in search of prey. These snakes are very aggressive when cornered or captured. But hey, if your main diet consisted of rats, you'd probably have an attitude problem, too.

This is the ONLY large snake in the Austin-area that climbs! It commonly climbs trees, sides of buildings, etc.!

These snakes are constrictors and are not venomous!

If you don't have any food for them around your house (rodents), they will tend to stay away or maybe just passing through.

These are one of the most beneficial snakes in the Austin area because of their ability to keep the rodent population down. They also compete with rattlesnakes for the same food source, hence keeping rattlesnakes away!

Texas Rat Snake
photo by Steve Schwartzman
Texas Rat Snake
photo by Steve Schwartzman



Texas Rat Snake
photo by John Rivera
Texas Rat Snake climbing
photo by David Elliott
Texas Rat Snake climbing
photo by David Elliott
Texas Rat Snake climbing
photo by David Elliott

 

 
Juveniles
Juvenile Texas Rat Snake
photo by Adam Dawson
Juvenile Texas Rat Snake
photo by Adam Dawson

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