closeup of ratsnake head on brown background
Many western rat snakes have a white chin.
wild western rat snake in Texas
Texas ratsnakes are a subspecies of western rat snakes that come in many colors but darken with age and lose some of the patterns.
Western ratsnake showing 'S' shape in defensive posture.
adult western rat snake on woodchips
Western rat snakes darken as they mature lose most of the pattern on their heads and bodies.