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Snakes in the Brazos Valley

By: Amanda Humes
By: Amanda Humes

In Texas it's no surprise that snakes and summertime go hand in hand, but do you know where your mostly like to find them or how to spot a poisonous snake?

Graham Criglow with the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History has made snakes his life's work. While snakes aren't the favorite of many, they're the favorite of Criglow. He catches and studies them.

" If you come up on a snake, the best thing to do is just walk away. You can't get bit by it if you're not messing with it and most people that are bit are either trying to kill or catch it," said Criglow.

Criglow says snakes are just as scared of us as we are of them and very few deaths have resulted from a snake bite, but it's good to know the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes.

"A lot of venomous snakes have like a triangular shaped head. They have what is called elliptical pupils kind of like a cats where their pupils go up and down and non-venomous snakes for the most part have round pupils," said Criglow.

If your moving into a new neighborhood, you'll want to watch out for snakes.

"Snakes are all over town, but most commonly they're being encountered on the outskirts of town where a lot of these new subdivisions are popping up in wooded areas," said Criglow.

Criglow says it's a good idea to be aware of the types of snakes you may encounter in the Brazos Valley.

You may see Louisiana milk snakes, Texas rat snakes, the blotched water snake and southern copper head. Venomous or not, if you get bit by a snake, go to the hospital immediately.


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