Texas Ratsnake

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.

North America

At A Glance


Pinelands, cypress swamp, marshland, farmland


Mice, rats, squirrels, birds, eggs, frogs, lizards


Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma