Texas Rat Snake

Texas Rat Snake

Texas Rat Snake
Elaphe obsolete lindheimeri


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Colubridae

Range

Mississippi basin, Louisiana and Texas


Habitat

Wooded and swampy areas to drier, rocky land


Diet

Primarily mice and rats

Length

Avg. 3.5 - 6 ft.

Clutch

6 - 28 eggs

IUCN

Not Listed

Facts

  • Non-venomous
  • Varies greatly in coloration throughout its range.
  • They are excellent climbers, able to scale trees in search of prey.
  • Very aggressive when cornered or captured. They will raise the front part of the body above the ground and form an "S" shape, and will hold the mouth open, hiss, or strike.
  • Sometimes referred to as a "chicken snake" for its tendency to frequent henhouses for eggs, chicks, and/or rodents that can be found there.

Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day

Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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