Texas Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri

Texas Ratsnake - Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri

This is an Albino Texas Ratsnake which means it was born without any melanin or black pigment in its skin.

Description: Very similar in both body size and coloration to other members of the Rat Snake genus, except that the ground color gray is typically darker and with less contrast between the ground color and the pattern coloration. Blotches are usually brown or bluish-black, head jet black, and with some slight red tint on the skin between the scales. 4–6 feet is a common length, with a record of almost 7 ½.

Range: Mississippi River west to Central Texas.

Habitat: Bayou and swamps in Louisiana and forest, stream valleys and canyons in Texas.

Diet:
Wild: Small mammals, birds, and sometimes frogs or lizards
Zoo: Rodents

Fun Fact: This snake is albino which means that is was born without any pigment (melanin) in its skin.