Bogertophis facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsBogertophis
|Trans-Pecos rat snake
Dowling & R. Price, 1988
The following two species are recognized as being valid.
- Bogertophis rosaliae (Mocquard, 1899) – Baja California rat snake
- Bogertophis subocularis (A. Brown, 1901) – Trans-Pecos rat snake
Nota bene: A binomial authority in parentheses indicates that the species was originally described in a genus other than Bogertophis.
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 it is 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 they 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.
- 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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