These guys get a bad wrap.
They actually help us out by keeping the population of rodents and other things down. But, as you know… they’re not very friendly. So if you see one – keep back!
Texas is home to 4 types of venomous snakes. 3 species of Copperheads, 10 species of Rattlesnakes, 1 species of Cottonmouth (or Water Moccasin) and 1 species of Coral snake. Fifteen in all.
The Milk Snake is scarily similar to the Coral snake. Just remember the kid’s rhyme above if you come across one.
This guy is a 4′ Green Texas Water Snake. At first glance, we thought he was a Mamba! Yikes! One of the top ten deadliest snakes!. Thank goodness, it wasn’t. He was trying to make a home in someone’s garage (or looking for dinner). We removed him to a new home and after all was done, everyone was happy, even the snake.
Rat snakes are great climbers and can get pretty big. Their diets consist mainly of mice and rats (as their name suggests) but you might see them climbing trees or on the side of a building looking for birds, eggs or squirrels too.
You can learn more about Texas reptiles and amphibians at the Herps of Texas website, the DFW Herpetological Society website, the Texas A & M University College of Veterinary Medicine website and the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center at UTA website.