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Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma

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.

HABITATPinelands, cypress swamp, marshland, farmland
DIETMice, rats, squirrels, birds, eggs, frogs, lizards
LIFE Expectancy10-15 years

Fun Fact
The spotted gar has a swim bladder that acts as a primitive lung allowing it to breathe air at the surface.
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