When threatened the Texas rat snake will freeze. If this fails it will vibrate its tail to imitate a rattlesnake. If harassed further it will strike. If captured it will release a foul-smelling musk.
Texas rat snakes are excellent climbers and can scale brick walls and tree trunks.
HABITATPinelands, cypress swamp, marshland, farmland
DIETMice, rats, squirrels, birds, eggs, frogs, lizards
LIFE Expectancy10-15 years