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 Trans-Pecos Rat Snake (Bogertophis subocularis)




Trans-Pecos Rat Snake | Bogertophis subocularis photo
Trans-Pecos Rat Snake

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Trans-Pecos Rat Snake | Bogertophis subocularis photo
Trans-Pecos Rat Snake

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

TRANS-PECOS RAT SNAKE FACTS

Description
The Trans-Pecos rat snake is a nocturnal species that is not often seen in the wild except during the breeding season. They are variable in color depending on locality. Red or orange phases are found near Big Bend, grey phases are found in the Franklin Mountains of El Paso. They often have a black striped pattern on their backs. The eyes are large and tongue is red.

Size
80cm - 120cm

Environment
desert flats, brushy slopes, rocky outcrops

Food
rats, and other small vertebrates

Breeding
The Trans-Pecos Rat Snake breeds in May and June. Three to eleven eggs are laid from July to September. Young hatch after about 3 months, and are 28cm - 33cm long at birth. Young often remain hidden underground for several months.

Range
Texas, Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico

Notes
The Trans-Pecos Rat Snake is non-venomous. They are not aggressive and are easily raised in captivity, and is popular as a reptile pet. They can be bred in captivity.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Colubridae
Genus:Bogertophis
Species:subocularis
Common Name:Trans-Pecos Rat Snake