|Trans-Pecos rat snake
Dowling & Price, 1988
- Bogertophis rosaliae (Mocquard, 1899) – Baja California rat snake
- Bogertophis subocularis (A. Brown, 1901) – Trans-Pecos rat snake
B. subocularis is almost universally tan in color with interconnected black blotches on the back and two black stripes down the neck. There is an isolated locality of B. subocularis where they are found with a light yellow coloration that is termed a "blonde" variant, and there is also an almost white coloration, that is sometimes referred to as the "silver" variant.
Behavior and diet
Bogertophis are typically nocturnal snakes that feed on a wide variety of rodents, bats and sometimes lizards, especially when younger. They are found in semi-arid habitats, so spend much of their time hiding from the heat of the day.
Bogertophis species are oviparous.
Both Bogertophis species are commonly available in the exotic pet trade. Due to their typically docile nature and reliable feeding habits, they can make an excellent choice for a captive snake. They are also well represented in zoos.
- Beltz, Ellin. 2006. Scientific and Common Names of the Reptiles and Amphibians of North America – Explained.
- Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Genus Bogertophis, p. 30).
- Dowling, Herndon G.; Price, Robert M. 1988. "A proposed new genus for Elaphe subocularis and Elaphe rosaliae ". The Snake 20: 52-63. (Bogertophis, new genus).
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