Common Snakes of Texas
There are lots of snake species that you can encounter while in Texas. Sometimes you may not be able to identify a snake correctly unless you are an expert in this particular topic. However, when you encounter any kind of snake, it is important to leave it alone and not try to handle provoke it. It is very important to note that most of the bites that are reported are due to a snake that got aggressive after a human willing tried to handle it.
Some of the common snakes found in Texas include:
Copperhead: its scientific name is agkistrodon contortrix. It has a body length of around 135 cm. it is a venomous species and it is distributed in all areas of Texas.
Cottonmouth: this is yet another extremely venomous snake that is found in Texas. Its scientific name is agkistrodon piscivorus and its maximum body length is around 189 cm. it can be encountered in most parts of Texas.
Glossy snake: its scientific name is Arizona elegans and the total body length is around 178 cm. it reproduces by laying eggs and may have 9 offspring. It is a non-venomous snake and is found in most parts of Texas
Trans-Pecos rat snake: the scientific name of this name is bogerthophis subcularis and its maximum body length is around 170 cm. it reproduces by laying eggs and can give rise to 6 offspring. It is non-venomous in its nature.
Western worm snake: its scientific name is carphophis vermis. Its body length is around 39 cm and it reproduces by laying eggs and it is non-venomous in nature.
Scarlet snake: this snake’s scientific name is cemophora coccinea and its total body length is around 83 cm. reproduction is through eggs and it can give rise to 5 offspring. It is a non-venomous snake.
Racer: its scientific name is Coluber constrictor and it has a total body length of around 191 cm. reproduction is via eggs and can give rise to around 14 offspring. It is a non-venomous snake and is found in most parts of Texas.
Regal black striped snake: the scientific name of this snake is coniophanes imperialis. Its length is around 51 cm and reproduces by laying eggs giving rise to around 4 offspring. The snake is only mildly venomous.
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