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Sightings

Potential BTS Sighting: July 7th, 2009
A potential brown tree snake sighting was reported to the USGS rapid response hotline on July 7th, 2009 by Daniel Easterling. The sighting occurred approximately 55 miles outside of Austin, Texas. Upon receiving the call, USGS employees forwarded the call information to the NABTSCT located in Kingsville, Texas to follow up on the report.

This is the report of the NABTSCT follow-up call to Mr. Easterling:
Easterling reported seeing a snake in a tree while walking on his 8.5 acre property with his dog. He said that the snake was approximately 3 feet in length and 3/4" in diameter, and it was found about 9 feet above ground in the tree. Easterling reported the snake as having a distinct pattern with a light- to medium-brown coloration.
After some discussion and research of other species in the area, Easterling stated definitively that the snake was NOT in fact a brown tree snake, but a Texas rat snake instead (Elaphe obsoleta lindheimerii).
Many people do not realize that rat snakes and several other snakes do in fact enter into the trees when searching for prey items. Keep in mind that rat snakes are non-venomous and not dangerous or threatening.

   
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