Texas Rat Snake Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri/Pantherophis obsoleta

Texas Rat Snake
Texas Rat Snakes
leucistic Texas Rat Snake
The Texas Rat Snake has long been considered a subspecies of the Western Rat Snake, also called Black Rat Snake (black topside, white underside). The former is native to Texas, Louisiana and southern Oklahoma and the latter to other areas of central North America. Recently it has been suggested that all are one species with regional colour variants. Non-venomous, rat snakes eat reptiles, amphibians, birds, eggs and small mammals, subdued by constriction. They climb well. They reach 4-5 feet in length. As shown above, there are albino (centre, with normal-coloured) and leucistic (right) variants.