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Texas Snakes Reside in Every County of the State

If you are looking for Texas snakes, you won’t have to go far. Every one of Texas’ 254 counties has snakes and many in great quantity. Even if you never see a snake, they are around.

There are 109 different types of snakes in Texas. Of these, fifteen are venomous and ninety-four are non-venomous.

Central Texas has the most species of snakes.

Coral Snakes And How To Tell If They Are Venomous

Of the venomous snakes residing in Texas, all are members of the Pit Viper family except for one, the Coral Snake. Coral Snakes are small with red, black and yellow rings around their bodies and black noses.

Other non-venomous snakes have the same colors, but not in the same order. If the red and yellow colors touch, the snake is venomous but if the red and black colors touch it is not. Coral Snakes are deadly so stay clear of them.

Pit Vipers And How To Identify Them

Pit Vipers include:




A few facts can help you identify them. Pit Vipers have elliptical pupils and non-venomous snakes have round ones (except for the Coral Snake).

They have pits between the eye and nostril which are heat sensing - this is one of the ways they know that you are there. Harmless snakes do not have these pits.

Pit Vipers also have a single row of scales on their tails, while non-venomous snakes have double rows of scales.

List Of Poisonous Snakes In Texas

• Poisonous Texas snakes include:

• Texas Coral Snake

• Southern Copperhead

• Broad-Banded Copperhed

• Trans-Pecos Copperhead

• Western Cottonmouth

• Desert Massasauga

• Western Massasauga

• Western Pigmy Snake

• Timber Rattlesnake

• Prairie Rattlesnake

• Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake

• Mojave Rattlesnake

• Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

• Mottled Rock Rattlesnake

• Banded Rock Rattlesnake

Where Did Texas Snakes Come From?

Texas snakes come from many different regions.

• There are eastern origin snakes, such as the Texas Rat Snake or the Eastern Hognose Snake.

• The Long-Nose Snake, Prairie Rattlesnake, and Ground Snake are native to the southwest.

• The Texas Blind Snake and the Central Lined Snake come from the Great Plains.

• The Chihuahuan desert produced the Trans-Pecos Rat Snake and the Rock Rattlesnake.

• Some Texas snakes can be found throughout the United States, including garter snakes and the Speckled King Snake.

Tropical Snakes In Texas

Because Texas is so warm, several tropical snakes make their home there. These include:

• Black-Striped Snake

• Indigo Snake

• Cat-eyed Snake

There is even one snake that is found nowhere else in the world besides Texas - the Harter’s Water Snake.

The Desert King Snake is also one of the interesting Texas snakes. They are black with white patterns and they can grow to be almost four feet long. Desert King Snakes eat venomous snakes. They can overcome another snake and leave it defenseless, and they are not harmed by the venom. Desert King Snakes can be found throughout Central and Southern Texas.




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