Snakes in the Brazos Valley

By: Amanda O'Neal
By: Amanda O'Neal

Sunny skies and booming development aren't anything to gripe about.
But believe it or not, there may be a reptilian repercussion to both.

News 3 spoke with local snake experts, Eric Zimmerman with the Texas Cooperative Extension and Toby Hibbitts with Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection.

" Our days are warming up, they're longer so the conditions are favorable for movement of snakes not only in their wild habitat but also in some disturbed areas. New housing areas, new construction areas things of that nature where there may be a disturbance," said Zimmerman.

" Snakes are most commonly active in the dusk and at night. One of the most common snakes you'll see is called the Texas Rat Snake. It's generally large, gets up in attacks, and eats birds and small rodents," said Hibbitts.

" Some other common snakes that you could encounter in residential areas are brown snakes, which are small snakes that eats slugs, snails, earth worms, and that sore of thing. Another snake called a rough earth snake is also really common. They're mostly found in compost piles. So if you're digging around turning your compost pile over which a lot of people are doing this time of year, there's a good chance you'll find one of those. All these snakes are non-venomous," said Hibbitts.

" The most common venomous snake in the Brazos Valley area is the cooper head and it is also a leaf litter snake and it really blends in well with it's habitat and they'll eat just about anything," said Hibbitts.

" You need to be cautious especially if you're not familiar with the identification of these types of snakes. Some of the most lethal snakes that we know of in Texas are the pit vipers which include the copperhead and rattlesnakes," said Zimmerman.

" Most of these snakes pick up on movement more than anything so if you're walking and you see a snake crawling or stretched out on the ground in front of you just back, back away. As long as it doesn't feel like it's being threatened by you, it's not going to take any defensive action against you most likely," said Hibbitts.

If you have a question about snakes, you can call the Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection office at 845- 5783. To get a flash guide of snakes in the Brazos Valley visit tcebookstore.org.


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