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Texas Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais erebennus)
Texas Indigo Snake
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TEXAS INDIGO SNAKE FACTSDescription
The Texas Indigo Snake is mainly black with shiny iridescent scales. The underside is gray or may be a salmon pink color. The chin and sides of the head are reddish-brown. The Indigo Snake is active during the day and forages for anything small enough to eat including other large snakes.
about 1.8m, although grow to 2.4m long
The Texas Indigo snake is found in grassland, coastal sand dunes, lightly vegetated areas near permanent water, Shelters in burrows
eats small mammals, birds, lizards, frogs, turtles, eggs, other snakes
Clutches that average 10-12 eggs are laid in spring. They hatch after about 80 days. Hatchlings are up to 65cm long.
southern Texas, and south into Mexico as far Veracruz.
The Texas Indigo Snake is non-venomous and not usually aggressive, but may bite vigorously and release a foul smelling musk from its rear if handled.
Relatives in same Genus
Eastern Indigo Snake (D. corais couperi)