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Texas Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri


The Texas Rat Snake is the largest snake found in Hood County, and can reach lengths of over six feet. When newly hatched they are about 9 to 11 inches long and have a light gray background with brown saddle-shaped blotches running down the back and an arrowhead-shaped pattern on the top of the head. They change color as they grow, however, and the pattern of adults is more subdued. The background color of an adult Texas Rat Snake will range from shades of brown to yellow and even orange, and the blotches are much less distinguishable in adult specimens. The top of the head also changes color - adults' heads are slate gray to black on top and white underneath.


Texas Rat Snake

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Granbury, Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 10, 2011
Submitted on Apr 10, 2011

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