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Rare Diamondback Among 60 Venomous Snakes Removed From Texas Town

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A rare Patternless Diamondback rattlesnake was found in Manor, Texas, just east of the city of Austin, making a list of more than 60 venomous snakes removed from the area within the same month.

The snake was born with a mutation, similar to that of albinism for humans. The mutation leaves the snake without the traditional pattern that a Diamondback would have, which is also generally indicative of its nature/mannerism to humans. Although all snakes should only be approached with extreme caution and care, one can see where the Patternless Diamondback rattlesnake would give you cause to doubt its danger.

Rare Diamondback Among 60 Venomous Snakes Found in Texas Town

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The snake’s discovery follows what the Manor Police Department and Manor Animal Control have called an extremely wet September for the area. This snake, among the 60 that have been removed, was found in a more populated area. The large amount of rainfall has been cited as the reason for the increase in such sightings. The Manor Police Department posted the finding on their Facebook page on Monday, September 24, stating: “Manor Animal Control took possession of this rare rattlesnake from MISD. The experts at the Snake Farm ( www.awsfzoo.com ) have identified it as a pattern-less diamondback rattlesnake…”

Rare Diamondback Among 60 Venomous Snakes Found in Texas Town

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This isn’t the first time that a rare snake sighting in Texas has made the rounds online. In August of this year, a white rattlesnake was photographed by the TPWD at the Wyler Aerial Tramway in El Paso. Such rare sighting, as well as the reasons behind them, should be taken into consideration whenever weather patterns vary within the state. All manner of seasonal disruptions can result in increased activity or movement of venomous snakes into and around areas which are now heavily populated. This may result in unnecessary contact between the species and humans, leading to bites, hospitalizations, or worse. In such instances, Texans are asked to exercise caution and remain vigilant, always respecting the animal or reptile’s space first. Further to that, a call to the local animal control office will assist in the management of the matter.