Venomous Snakes of Texas – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

Venomous Snakes of Texas – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]


[music] YOU KNOW THE WORD SNAKE
STRIKES FEAR IN THE HEARTS OF MANY PEOPLE EVEN THOUGH 85% OF THE
SNAKES IN TEXAS ARE NOT VENOMOUS. OF COURSE WE GET THE MOST
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE VENOMOUS SNAKES. [snake rattle] TEXAS HAS 2 TYPES
OF VENOMOUS SNAKES. FIRST ARE THE VIPERS. PIT VIPERS HAVE
HEAT-SENSING SPOTS ON THE SIDES OF THEIR HEADS THAT HELP THEM LOCATE THEIR
PREY EVEN IN THE DARK. HERE’S A WELL-KNOWN VIPER,
THE RATTLESNAKE. IT HAS A TRIANGULAR-SHAPED
HEAD, CAT-LIKE EYES AND A RATTLE AT
THE END OF ITS TAIL. IF YOU HEAR A RATTLE, STOP,
LOCATE THE SNAKE, THEN SLOWLY BACK AWAY. ANOTHER PIT VIPER IS
THE COPPERHEAD. COPPERHEADS ARE COLORED
TO BLEND IN WITH LEAVES ON THE GROUND. THEIR VENOM IS ONLY ABOUT
HALF THE STRENGTH OF RATTLESNAKE VENOM. THIS PIT VIPER IS THE COTTON-
MOUTH OR WATER MOCCASIN, USUALLY FOUND NEAR WATER. THE COTTONMOUTH IS DARK,
STUBBY AND MUSCULAR. IT SWIMS SLOWLY, OFTEN WITH
ITS HEAD OUT OF THE WATER WHILE OTHER WATER SNAKES
QUICKLY WIGGLE ACROSS THE WATER. BESIDES THE VIPERS, THE OTHER
VENOMOUS SNAKE WE HAVE IS RELATED TO THE COBRA. IT’S THE CORAL SNAKE. THE SHY CORAL SNAKE HAS
BRIGHT BANDS OF RED NEXT TO YELLOW. THE RHYME, “RED AND YELLOW,
KILL A FELLOW” WILL HELP YOU DISTINGUISH
THE CORAL SNAKE FROM HARMLESS LOOK-ALIKES. THE CORAL SNAKE’S VENOM
IS THE MOST POTENT OF ALL TEXAS SNAKES BUT BITES ARE EXTREMELY RARE. WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF
YOU SEE A SNAKE? LEAVE IT ALONE. DON’T PLAY WITH LIVE OR
DEAD SNAKES. WATCH WHEN YOU STEP
OVER PILES OF BRUSH OR ROCKS AND LOOK BEFORE
YOU PUT YOUR HAND ON A ROCKY LEDGE. SEEMS LIKE PEOPLE EITHER
LOVE ‘EM OR HATE ‘EM BUT EITHER WAY, WE
NEED SNAKES. THEY’RE FUN TO WATCH,
AMAZING TO LEARN ABOUT, AND TRULY ONE OF OUR MORE
FASCINATING WILD THINGS. [music]

Randy Schultz

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32 thoughts on “Venomous Snakes of Texas – Texas Parks and Wildlife [Official]

  1. barkart treeartist says:

    good to know

  2. Exzeluke says:

    encountered all of them many times. gotta love Texas for the excitement…lol

  3. Wolfgang Dibiasi says:

    thank you very much for posting… it is very interesting made and informative for ppl what would like to know more about TX snakes… btw red thouch yellow, red thouch black is just true in north america… if you go to the south in the jungles, don't think about this rule…. there live also coralsnakes, with red to black… Micrurus frontalis for ex…

  4. Galen Richards says:

    Have encountered all of them but the coral and hope to never meet the coral lol

  5. AtarahDerek says:

    @galenrichards1972 Especially since they no longer make antivenin for it. The last stuff expired in 2010.

  6. AtarahDerek says:

    Why is it elapids' venom is so much more potent than viper venom? Do neurotoxins need to work harder to do their job than hemotoxins?

  7. da dave dude says:

    SCREW POSINOUS SNAKES
    AND GIANT CENTIPEDES
    WE CAN LIVE WITHOUT THEM

    spiders and regular snakes r koolio 😉

  8. Hank Justice says:

    Some Texas snake experts have claimed that the Coral snake is the most toxic land snake in America. Just wonder if anyone has looked into the toxicity of the Tiger Rattler? It was listed as 0.06mg/kg (mice), iv. That seems to beat out the Coral Snake by 10x (0.6 mg/kg (?). The Tiger rattler is found in Arizona. Locations for the Tiger rattler might change and some may show up in Texas some day. It's a good idea to have a good snake book with color photos when you are trailblazing.

  9. Elvia Gomez says:

    Now you see why we wear cowboy boots in Texas. ; )

  10. Sparky says:

    Yesterday I was in F.worth at the stop' n go gas station when a grass snake when up a car engine

  11. Frank Benlin says:

    The cool thing about pit vipers is their thermal vision is 3D that, like she said, works in total darkness. High tech nature.

  12. MŌKIN-RUI says:

    I would love to see a show on the non-venomous types of snakes in Texas.

  13. Ariel Cruz says:

    I've found every single one of them in my ranch. I think it's because I have a lake on the ranch and it's perfect for snakes and nearly everything.

  14. BAMZO VAZAZA says:

    hi , would you please inform me , are there any snakes at HOUSTON , any brown recluse ? i do need your reply please , thanks a lot for the video 

  15. paul reynolds says:

    We saw a large snake in Galveston by the grass part by the new RV park,it was greenish in colour,We were on hols from Wales.

  16. Enzo Spurlock says:

    yes there are snakes in austin in the sa and in the H four the love off snakes

  17. Enzo Spurlock says:

    real talk

  18. Enzo Spurlock says:

    four the love off snakes 10000000000000sksgaxxonz

  19. Google1 User says:

    Thats a load of propaganda BS we need snakes like a hole in the head. If you need them please collect them all and take them inside your house. The poisonous ones especially. thanks

  20. Obsi says:

    I have a coral snake

  21. April Driggers says:

    I added this to Keller Cub Scout Pack 1910's post about snakes today. Thanks for the info.

  22. Miss Jacquelyn Wynette Chatman,Nickname Jackie says:

    Um! Even worse people.. ????Me I'm 52 year old 1965 year USA Black Light Skin Lady Texan-Houstonian Miss Jacquelyn Wynette Chatman, Nickname Jackie and USA Queen Organic Bitch..

  23. caveman Versace says:

    Hee hee! 85% of snakes in Texas are non-venomous! Here in Australia 90% are! LMAO!

  24. joseph mclennan says:

    Kill em

  25. Hahagaming says:

    I'm sorry but a cottonmouth is a water moccasin.

  26. Dereka H. says:

    people are talking about kill all the snakes… snakes are a part of the eco system. they help keep small rodent populations in check. these are beautiful creatures. im here in Texas and uyes, we see these all the time and rattlesnake meat IS a delicacy in some parts of down here. plus shamas still in these neck of the woods use their venom to make medicines. so yall stop hating.

  27. Dereka H. says:

    people are talking about kill all the snakes… snakes are a part of the eco system. they help keep small rodent populations in check. these are beautiful creatures. im here in Texas and uyes, we see these all the time and rattlesnake meat IS a delicacy in some parts of down here. plus shamas still in these neck of the woods use their venom to make medicines. so yall stop hating.

  28. Jack Byron says:

    Snakes are fun to watch… You're Sh*tting me… they are more fun to shoot…

  29. Tekneek Boombeach says:

    That is not a viper this is the rattlesnake

  30. Vss2 Go says:

    1:39 kill it

  31. Tekneek Boombeach says:

    I live in the Houston Texas

  32. Patrick William says:

    Anyone know of a water snake that looks like a coral snake? I live in Frisco and I saw something in the pond while fishing, it had red touching yellow. It poked his head out of the water and looked at me lol. Then it swam away

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