Texas Parks And Wildlife Remind Texans That Snakes Are Coming Out From Hibernation

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Across Texas snakes are emerging from their winter hibernation and are being spotted in all kinds of hiding spaces, everything from woodpiles, tall grass, under lawn furniture, and along fence lines.  According to TPWD, snakes do not do well in the cold so they hibernate, but in March they tend to come out and are looking for food and can be more aggressive when they first come out than they otherwise are throughout the year.  TPWD said they urge caution before handling things that have been stored for a while and to be watchful in areas where snakes tend to hide.

In Texas there are several venomous types of snakes.  The Western Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin) tend to live near water and are dark brown, olive brown, olive tree, and black.  Texas also has Copperheads plus six types of Rattlesnakes including the Western Diamondback, Timber rattlesnake, Mottled Rock rattlesnake, Banded rock rattlesnake, Blacktail rattlesnake, Mojave rattlesnake and the Prairie rattlesnake.  All can be distinguished by the infamous rattle at the end of their body which they rattle to warn others to keep away and and be found across all of Texas.  

A coral snake

 

The Coral snake is also in Texas and is a member of the cobra family and has black, red and yellow rings, but unlike other snakes that look similar, only the Coral snake has the red and yellow rings touching.  TPWD said if you have been bit by as snake, try to remember what it looked like and get to the Emergency Department of a hospital fast and let the doctor know what the snake looked like so they can give you the correct anti-venom.

There are more snake bites in Texas than any other state according to the US Poison Control Center hotline which receives calls from across the United States on suspected poisoning including venomous snake bites.  A poison and a venom are not the same thing.