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Can You Identify All of These Texas Snakes? [QUIZ]

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Some of the snakes found in Texas are harmless to humans. Venomous snakes pose a threat to humans and domesticated animals if bitten. The ability to identify snakes can be beneficial, especially in more rural areas where encounters are more common. Species of snakes have characteristics that are definable to help determine their danger towards humans and pets. Here is a list to test your knowledge.

1. Having a brown or reddish color, this pit viper snake is venomous and common along the wetlands. There are a couple of subspecies in Texas, the Broad Banded can be found in central and western Texas. The Trans-Pecos subspecies are found along bodies of water, and the Southern which is found in the south regions.
1. Having a brown or reddish color, this pit viper snake is venomous and common along the wetlands. There are a couple of subspecies in Texas, the Broad Banded can be found in central and western Texas. The Trans-Pecos subspecies are found along bodies of water, and the Southern which is found in the south regions. Texas Snakes
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2. Named after “white tissue” in its mouth, also a venomous pit viper, this snake eats other amphibious creatures. This snake is sometimes referred to as, “water moccasins”, and are found near bodies of water.
2. Named after “white tissue” in its mouth, also a venomous pit viper, this snake eats other amphibious creatures. This snake is sometimes referred to as, “water moccasins”, and are found near bodies of water. Texas Snakes
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3. This venomous snake has a total of at least 10 subspecies in Texas, only three of the subspecies are known to act aggressively towards humans. With a range of colors and subspecies this snake is better identified by the “warning” signal produced by shaking the muscles at the end of its tail.
3. This venomous snake has a total of at least 10 subspecies in Texas, only three of the subspecies are known to act aggressively towards humans. With a range of colors and subspecies this snake is better identified by the “warning” signal produced by shaking the muscles at the end of its tail. Texas Snakes
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4. Identification of some snakes can be made by their color bands. This snake has rings of red, yellow, and black. There are sayings that help with the proper recognition of when a snake is venomous. For this species remember, “Red and yellow kills a fellow”.
4. Identification of some snakes can be made by their color bands. This snake has rings of red, yellow, and black. There are sayings that help with the proper recognition of when a snake is venomous. For this species remember, “Red and yellow kills a fellow”. Texas Snakes
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5. The other half of the helpful identification rhyme is “Red and black is a friend to Jack”. There are more than 45 subspecies of this snake, one of which is the Milk Snake that is often found around the Gulf Coast. Because these snakes are immune to pit viper venom, they are known to eat rattlesnakes.
5. The other half of the helpful identification rhyme is “Red and black is a friend to Jack”. There are more than 45 subspecies of this snake, one of which is the Milk Snake that is often found around the Gulf Coast. Because these snakes are immune to pit viper venom, they are known to eat rattlesnakes. Texas Snakes
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6. A snake that is often mistakenly identified as a rattlesnake, not because of its tail but because of its skin color and patterns. This nonvenomous snake can be seen hanging from trees with its head underwater searching for prey.
6. A snake that is often mistakenly identified as a rattlesnake, not because of its tail but because of its skin color and patterns. This nonvenomous snake can be seen hanging from trees with its head underwater searching for prey. Texas Snakes
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7. Often mistaken for a Western Diamondback because of it similar rattles, this snake is nonvenomous, it kills its prey by constriction. A defense mechanism used by this snake is a loud hiss.
7. Often mistaken for a Western Diamondback because of it similar rattles, this snake is nonvenomous, it kills its prey by constriction. A defense mechanism used by this snake is a loud hiss. Texas Snakes
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8. The most common large snake found in the Austin area, they are known as excellent climbers. They can have a combination or variety of colors, and its underbelly is often plain. Nonvenomous but a constrictor they are often considered aggressive and prey on rodents.
8. The most common large snake found in the Austin area, they are known as excellent climbers. They can have a combination or variety of colors, and its underbelly is often plain. Nonvenomous but a constrictor they are often considered aggressive and prey on rodents. Texas Snakes
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9. Considered harmless, this snake has a nickname, “puff adder”. When threated, it puffs its head to resemble a cobra. It will lunge at a person, but its mouth stays closed. If those defense mechanisms don’t work, this snake will roll over, open its mouth and play dead for several minutes.
9. Considered harmless, this snake has a nickname, “puff adder”. When threated, it puffs its head to resemble a cobra. It will lunge at a person, but its mouth stays closed. If those defense mechanisms don’t work, this snake will roll over, open its mouth and play dead for several minutes. Texas Snakes
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10. The most common North American snake is often referred to as a, “garden snake”. Their bodies often have thick lateral stripes. These small harmless snakes are preferred to have around because they will eat small rodents and pests that are considered a nuisance to gardens. They use pheromones to communicate with other snakes.
10. The most common North American snake is often referred to as a, “garden snake”. Their bodies often have thick lateral stripes. These small harmless snakes are preferred to have around because they will eat small rodents and pests that are considered a nuisance to gardens. They use pheromones to communicate with other snakes. Texas Snakes
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