Note: Light color or spots may be juveniles, or Buttermilk Racer Snakes(C.c. anthicus).
Note: Genus changed from Elaphe to Pantherophis, recently, typically four to six ft. in length
Rat Snake
Rat Snake
Colored & Larger Texas Rat Snake
Rat Snake
Rat Snakes are good climbers
Squirrel for Lunch(taken alive from nest approx. 35 ft. high)
Rat Snake
Rat Snake( approx. 6 ft.)
Rat Snake
Texas Rat Snake, Red shows up when bulged and/or older
A Rat Snake going straight up, trying to get away from me.
Six ft. Rat Snake on the move.
Juvenile Tan Racer Snake
Tan Racer Snake
Tan Racer Snake
Tan Racer Snake
Tan Racer Snake
Tan Racer Snake
Tan Racer Snake
Tan Racer Snake
Tan Racer Snake
Tan Racer,Note that dark/light blotches could be Buttermilk Racer, or Hybrid.
Tan Racer Snake
Tan Racer Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake, On the Hunt
Eastern Hognose Snake on defense
Eastern Hognose Snake expanded to max.
Eastern Hognose Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
Speckled Kingsnake
Speckled Kingsnake
Speckled Kingsnake
Speckled Kingsnake
Speckled Kingsnake
Speckled Kingsnake
Eastern Coachwhip Snake
Eastern Coachwhip Snake
Eastern Coachwhip Snake
Eastern Coachwhip Snake
Eastern Coachwhip Snake
Juvenile Eastern Coachwhip Snake
Broad-banded Water Snake
Broad-banded Water Snake, Adult
Newly Born Broad-banded Water Snake
Broad-banded Water Snake
Broad-banded Water Snake
Broad-banded Water Snake
Newly Born Broad-banded Water Snake
Broad-banded Water Snake(On land @ night)
Broad-banded Water Snake
Yellow-bellied Water Snake
Yellow-bellied Water Snake
Plain-bellied Water Snake
Yellow-Bellied Water Snake
Yellow-Bellied Water Snake
Yellow-Bellied Water Snake
N. erythrogaster spp.
N. erythrogaster spp.
N. erythrogaster spp.
N. erythrogaster flavigaster
N. erythrogaster flavigaster
N. erythrogaster spp.
Juvenile Plain or Yellow Bellied Water Snake
Juvenile Plain or Yellow Bellied Watersnake
Juvenile Plain or Yellow Bellied Watersnake
Possible Mississippi Green Watersnake
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N. erythrogaster ssp. (juvenile)
N. erythrogaster ssp. (juvenile)
N. erythrogaster spp. (juvenile)
Nerodia sp.
   
Ribbon Snake
Ribbon Snake
Ribbon Snake
Life or Death Tug of War
Ribbon Snake at rest after a meal in January
Ribbon Snake
Ribbon Snake
He got it down, eventually
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Texas Brown Snake
Texas Brown Snake
Texas Brown Snake
Texas Brown Snake(Approx 13 inch)
Texas Brown Snake
Texas Brown Snake
A Pair of Texas Brown Snakes In Bush
Texas Brown Snake at Bottom (Juvenile)
Texas Browwn Snake at Top (large adult)
Our Observations on Snakes
(For additional information, see our blog. A link is provided at the bottom of our Home Page)
    Some characteristics of snake behavior are accurate the majority of the time. What throws a curve in this behavior is the fact the creeks in the preserve are mostly spring fed with
    cool water. So, things often run on a cycle different than expected. When the air temperature gets above 65 F in the spring, snakes come out in a hurry. Rat snakes and ribbon
    snakes come out first. Racers, Coachwhips, and the venomous snakes seem to come out when it gets above 75 F. When it gets above 90 F, most of the snakes go nocturnal.
    Broad Banded Water Snakes: They stay around water. They come out to warm up and rest. They can get to be at least five ft. in length. We have seen them most often in mid-morning,
    always near water. The bands can be bold or kind of dull.
    Diamondback Water Snakes: They hunt in the water and prefer the water. They come out to warm themselves and digest meals. You can find them just laying on the bank, or laying
    out on logs, always around water. They can be large, at least six ft. in length. There is no Texas snake that is as big around as they can be(circumference). They seem to get active
    right at dark.
    Rat Snakes:  These guys can climb and move quick. They like brush piles, wood piles, and piles of anything to hide and semi-open country to hunt. They can glide from tree to tree
    by using limbs to get to bird nests, with ease. They can get long, over six ft. and have a variety of color forms, but with generally the same shaped top and side blotches. They are
    most often seen from dawn up to about noon.
    Racers and Coachwhips: These snakes like more open country. They are not fond of brush piles. Knee high grasses/weeds with shrubs seems to be the favorite hunting territory.
    They like it warm and are out in mid-day to mid evening. They are the fastest moving snakes we have seen. They cruise around, head slightly raised, looking for skinks, lizards,
    and frogs. One of the racers was at least seven ft. in length. The coachwhips seem to be around five ft. These snakes run away when you get close, at a high speed.
    Ribbon Snakes: There are several sub-species of these. We have seen the base color from a dull grey-green to almost a flourescent green. They are the best frog hunters we have
    seen. They can move very fast if needed and have no problem with water. They seem to like to cruise around on banks of creeks, hunting. They are about three ft. maximum in
    length, but around two ft. is a lot more common. They can be skinny or a little heavy. We have also seen them a long way from any water. Try to check for the white spot on the
    top of the head and a white spot in front of the eye. This seems to be there, regardless of base color. We have found them at all times of the day, until the summer heat moves in.
    Texas Brown Snake: These are usually short, about 18 inches maximum. Some are shorter and fat, others are longer and skinny. They hide under leaf litter and rock piles.
    They can get mad if you try to pick them up, and will strike at you. They can be seen anytime.
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Rat Snakes, Often called Chicken Snakes (Pantherophis obsoleta spp.)
Tan Racer Snake (Coluber constrictor etheridgei)
Eastern Hognose Snake Variations (Heterodon platirhinos)   
Speckled Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula holbrooki)
Eastern Coachwhip Snake (Masticophis flagellum flagellum)
Broad-banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata confluens)
Diamondback Water Snake (Nerodia rhombifer)
Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus ssp.)
Texas Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi texana)
Snakes in Action or @ Rest
Typically Found Around Water (Nerodia sp.)
Diamondback Water Snake
Diamondback Water Snake
Diamondback Water Snake
Thought the little one was dinner, but(next photo)
Diamondback Water Snake Mating
Catfish to big for the snake to handle
Is the fish too big, DBWSN6
It took about 45 minutes to get it down.
Diamondback Water Snake
How do snakes get bigger?, next photo
Eat big frogs.
Two Coachwhips, One guarding, the Other Shedding(blue eyes)
Either Hiding or Hunting, see next photo
Probably hunting
Unknown juvenile, shedding, check eyes
Broad Banded Water Snake, Body on top of Water
How a Coachwhip got its name
Shedding Snake
Juvenile Plain or Yellow Bellied Watersnake, Frog for lunch
A Coachwhip, Texas Cobra, saw me coming.
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Diamondback Water Snake
Eastern Hognose Snake
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NON-VENOMOUS SNAKES of the Big Thicket in East Texas
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