Summer Season Leads To An Increase of Snake Bites

In the Crossroads, you find a wide variety of snakes. The Copperhead is found throughout most of the state including the Crossroads. The Texas Coral Snake and cottonmouth is found throughout South and East Texas.

The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is found in West and Central Texas and also includes the coastline. The diamondback is not found in our northeastern counties. All of these snakes are poisonous. “So the coral snake has bright colors. It has red and yellow. The diamondback, copperhead, cottonmouth all have a vertical pupil similar to what a cat may have,” said Trey Barron.

Snakes are usually found near the water, in taller grass, and around trees. Most snakes are active throughout the day but when the summer arrives.
“They are going to be more active at night,” said Barron.

Since snakes are cold blooded, they don’t control their body temperature. “If they are cold then they go out into the sun basking. They get too hot and they have to go into shade so they can maintain their body temperature,” said Barron.

If you come across a snake and get bitten, Wildlife Diversity Biologist Trey Barron recommends not sucking out the venom. “The best thing to do if you get bit by a venomous snake is to relax and be as still as possible. You should get to the hospital as soon as possible,” said Barron.

As you enjoy your summer, be aware of your surroundings. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife, about 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the United States annually. Half of the snake bites from venomous snakes are dry.