Tantilla gracilis — Flat-headed Snake
My second Texas snake was if anything even smaller than my first. I was starting to lose all respect for this state.
Thirty minutes later, my third Texas snake was even smaller still: a half-sized version of my second. On the one hand, this was ridiculous. Where were the nine foot rattlesnakes? Where were the giant lake snakes? Sheesh.
On the other hand, this was the first time I had seen two Tantilla in the same day, so that was pretty cool.
- Conant, R., Collins, J. T. 1998. Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America, Third Edition, expanded
- Crother, B. I. (ed.) 2017. Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico, with Comments Regarding Confidence in Our Understanding, Eighth Edition
- Dixon, J. R., Werler, J. E. 2000. Texas Snakes: A Field Guide
- Ernst, C. H., Ernst, E. M. 2003. Snakes of the United States and Canada