Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Trans-Pecos Ratsnake

While down in Texas, I met what became one of my favorite colubrids within seeing a few individuals. I knew that the Trans Pecos Ratsnake (or ‘suboc’, short for Bogertophis subocularis) looked cool, but I wasn’t expecting the cool attitude they have. The first I saw just sat there as I approached. When in-hand, there was no indication it was a wild snake … it just kept on slowly climbing, moving around and inspecting with huge blue-grey eyes.

We saw several on the trip, and I admit I took my favorite home with me; a lemon yellow beauty that is on his way to being a monster, if he keeps eating and shedding as he has since August. Here he is in the sun, about an hour before the photograph with the copperhead was taken.

Bogertophis subocularis, the 'suboc'

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2 Responses to “Trans-Pecos Ratsnake”

  1. Jill says:

    That’s a really sweet shot! And yeah, those are beautiful guys. Thanks for the ID’s on my blog recently – I need to update that info! Feel free to ID anything on there that’s wrong or unidentified !

  2. Nicole says:

    WTF?! That this is GORGEOUS! Glad to see your photos are still as outstanding as ever, loving catching up on all the stalking I’ve missed out on. I mean reading. Reading.

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