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Texas rat snake, Elaphe obsoleta lindheimerii

Texas rat snake, Elaphe obsoleta lindheimerii

Typically 3-6 feet in length, this great climber can reach bird nests without difficulty. Texas rat snake’s diet includes rodents, eggs, and birds. Texas rat snake can be found in brushy wooded areas, grasslands, swamps, and barns. Their fondness for hen’s eggs has gained them the name “chicken snake.” Although the Texas rat snake is non-venomous, it will bite when threatened. The snake forms a menacing “S” strike position.

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