Some sources say that there are nine species of rattlesnakes in Texas while others say there are only eight. We say, one is enough. Around the Greater Austin Area there are several types of snakes that are venomous. Those include:
- The Western Cottonmouth – Agkistrodon piscivorus
- Broad-banded Cottonmouth – Agkistrodon contortrix laticinctus
- The Western Diamondback rattlesnake – Crotalus atroxi
- The Black-tailed rattlesnake – Crotalus molossus
- The Texas Coral Snake – Micrurus tener
Any of these five snakes is bad news as all of them are venomous. These are also five native snakes to Travis County and that means they are here and well-established. We mentioned eight or nine species but have only listed five. These five are natives and other venomous snakes may also be here in the Travis County area. Shifts in climate open up new territories to pests of all kinds.
Other species of rattlesnakes in Texas include the:
- The Timber Rattlesnake – Crotalus horridus – key word – horrid us
- The Mottled Rock Rattlesnake – Crotalus Lepidus – These snakes are also known by common names such as banded rock rattlesnake, green rattlesnake, and blue rattlesnake. Due to the many subspecies of snakes found under this name is likely why some people say nine rattle snakes are found in Texas and others say only eight.
- Banded Rock Rattlesnake – Crotalus Lepidus klauberi
- Mojave rattlesnake – Crotalus scutulatus
- Prairie Rattlesnake – Crotalus viridis
Rattle Snakes serve a valuable purpose, so it is always our preference to relocate them rather than to kill them. If there are a bunch of rattlesnakes in your yard or around the general area, then there has to be a rodent or other food organism in great supply. In general, rattlesnakes have around 5-miles of territory over which they roam. These along with birds of prey are one of the reasons why homes are not overrun with rodents. Rattlesnakes prey on mice, rats, squirrels, birds, and other smaller critters including moles, voles, and other snakes.
Despite their beneficial ways, rattlesnakes and homes do not mix. Under 10,000 people per year are bitten by venomous snakes in Texas an of those only a few perish from the bites. The rattlesnake venom is of medical concern, but it is unlikely that death will result. Of those people bitten, fewer than three people die annually from snake bites – not just rattlesnakes. There are many studies that show rattlesnakes bites are almost non-serious, but every bite should be evaluated by a medical doctor and never ignored.
If there are rattlesnakes around your property, give us a call. We have the tools and experience to safely capture and then relocate snakes. Never get close to a snake as many snakes look the same. Some non-venomous snakes act like rattlesnakes, such as gopher snakes, but never risk approaching a snake. Most are shy, but some are aggressive.
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