This fantastic set of pictures and accompanying video comes to us from Jeri Tooley. Jeri enjoys spending time at Arcadia Trails Parks in Fort Worth, and that is where she made this great observation of a juvenile Texas Rat Snake.
The Texas Rat Snake is one of the states largest snake and can grow to over six feet (two meters) in length. Nonvenomous, the rat snake relies on constriction to subdue is prey. As the name implies, the Texas Rat Snake feeds primarily on small rodents. Birds, reptiles, and amphibians are also staples.
The video below demonstrates the Texas Rat Snakes remarkable climbing ability as it makes its way up the nearly vertical side of this tree. This unique skill allows the Texas Rat Snake to easily reach bird nests in order to feed on eggs and young birds.