Snake of the Day: Trans-Pecos Ratsnake

We’re starting a new segment on the blog: snake of the day.
Check back soon for more photos and facts about snakes found in Texas!


The Trans-Pecos Ratsnake is a cute Colubrid species of snake found in Southwest Texas, primarily near Big Bend. Snake enthusiasts marvel at this ratsnake for its large, blueish eyes. Herpetologists believe that its eyes are designed for nocturnal hunting. These are non-venomous snakes, and are often noted as being easy to care for in captivity. However, we encourage Texans to leave snakes alone, rather than take them home! This little ratsnake will be much happier living in the warm rocks of West Texas than in captivity.


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