Flat-headed (Flathead) Snake

Tantilla gracilis

Flat-headed Snakes are fairly rare in the Brazos Valley.
Compare this snake to the similar looking Rough Earth Snake, which is a much more common snake in our area.

Flathead Snake
Flat-headed Snake from Missouri.

These are very small, non-descript brownish snakes.  They usually have a salmon pink or orange stripe down the underside.


Flat-headed Snake from Karnes County, Texas.

The ground color of Flat-headed Snakes varies from dull brown to bright reddish brown.


Flat-headed Snake from Duval County, Texas.

Flat-headed snakes from southern Texas often have a black cap, as seen here.  Snakes in our area typically have a brownish cap which doesn't contrast as strongly with the body color.