Texas Indigo Snake
Drymarchon corais erebennus
The Texas Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais erebennus) is a threatened species and is protected by the state of Texas. It is essentially a tropical animal and lengths of eight feet or more have been recorded. It is uncommon but regularly seen in far south Texas and it has been known to feed on other snakes, even rattlesnakes. The shot at right is of an indigo snake emerging from a rodent burrow in Kenedy Co., Texas in February, 2000. This particular animal was at least six feet in length and was studied for an hour or more. The photo was taken with a Canon EOS 3 and an EF 180 mm Macro on on a Gitzo tripod with Fuji Velvia pushed one stop. The next shot at right was taken with the same equipment at the same time, also in Kenedy Co., Texas. See below for more images.
The next five shots were all taken in Hidalgo Co., Texas in April, 2006. The first image shows a Texas Indigo Snake as it foraged along the edge of a small pond. All these images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II with several different lenses.