Thanks PediaQ for this helpful blog on the dangers of snake bites in Texas, and what to do if snake bites occur!
“It’s summertime in Texas! The days are getting longer and warmer. The trees and flowers are blooming. With the days getting warmer, it’s time to start looking out for snakes! Snakes, being cold blooded, rely on their environment to be warm in order for them to be more active. Snakes are slower in the mornings since it is usually cooler. This has brought close encounters with snakes and resulting snakebites. Some children (and adults alike) will see a snake stretched out and perfectly still trying to soak in the warmth of the sun. Assuming the snake is dead or injured, the child will pick up the snake and OUCH! The bite happens. As scary of a scenario as this is, there are few fatalities from snakebites each year.
What Venomous Snakes Are In Texas?
Copperhead: The adult Copperhead has reddish brown bands on a lighter colored body. But juvenile Copperheads have grey bodies and bands and have not developed their distinctive copper color so they are often picked up accidentally. Copperheads like to hide under leaves and logs and try to blend in and hide in their environment. Although typically not aggressive, Copperheads will strike to defend themselves without warning.
Cottonmouth: Also called Water Moccasins, Cottonmouths get their name for their white mouths that they open and display when threatened. Their bodies are heavy and dark brown to black with dark bands. Young Cottonmouths have brightly marked bands and have yellow on the tip on their tails. They tend to be more aggressive than other venomous snakes, but very rarely chase after humans.
Rattlesnake: Known for their famous tails, Rattlesnakes are probably the most recognized of the venomous snakes. Rattlers will give a warning by rattling their tails and try to escape before striking. Rattlesnakes can be found from the rocky desert areas of Texas to the eastern pines. The Western Diamondback has some of the most potent venom of all the snakes in Texas. But once again, encounters and fatal bites are quite rare.
Coral Snake: Did you know that the Coral Snake is related to the Cobra? Coral snakes are found in the southeastern part of the state in woodlands and the coastal plains. They are brightly colored snakes with a broad black ring, a narrow yellow ring and a broad red ring. The red and yellow rings always are next to each other for this snake. The Milk snake has similar markings but is harmless. A way to remember the Coral snake markings is ‘Red on yellow, kill a fellow; red on black, venom lack’.
How to Avoid a Snake Bites
What to DO IF a Snake Bite Occurs
In closing, if you see a snake just let it be. Snakes, both venomous and nonvenomous, are important to nature. They keep the rodent population in check and small snakes eat bugs and other pests. Enjoy the beautiful weather but be aware that snakes are also out enjoying the warm weather as well.”