Elaphe obsolete lindheimeri
3.5 - 7 feet in length
Mississippi basin, west through Louisiana and in central and southern Texas
From swamps through drier, rocky land
Wild - Small rodents, birds, and eggs
Zoo - Mice, rats
Grey or yellowish with brownish or bluish-black blotches; head often black; fair amount of color variation in species; anal plate divided. Adults have red color between scales
- Often found dead on highways due to habit of basking on road surfaces
- Expert climbers. Will go straight up a pine tree as high as 40 inches to catch birds, eggs, etc.
- #1 animal that enters people's home. Often referred to as "chicken snake."
Clutch of 6 - 28 eggs laid from June to August. Young look like gray ratsnakes. As they get older they darken
Identifying Snakes, Nigel Marven and Rob Harvey, 1996, Quintet Publishing Limited.