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Rare Cobra-like Snake Sighting at Brazos Bend State Park

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Despite the recent high level of rains that have hit the area, creatures at the Brazos Bend State Park have been reportedly going about “business as usual,” including the eastern hognose snake. Although rarely seen by park officials or visitors, an image of the cobra-like snake was captured and posted to the park’s Facebook page on Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Named for its notable snout, which is upturned and used for digging, the eastern hognose that park officials witnessed was black and orange in color. These reptiles have also been seen in shades of brown, yellow, gray, olive green, and red. This snake gave a dramatic display to park officials, who were able to capture several images for their social media share.

Rare Cobra-like Snake Sighting at Brazos Bend State Park

Photo: Facebook/Brazos Bend State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife

“When threatened, these snakes will raise their head, puff out to appear larger, and flatten out the skin around their neck to look like a cobra. Here, you can see this snake’s impressive display and vibrant orange coloration,” the Brazos Bend State Park post said. According to reports, the eastern hognose snake has a bit of a drama queen personality. Although it may puff out to appear like a deadly predator, if that fails, it has been known to play dead itself. They are known to “…spray a foul, musky smell to really appear dead and deter predators from wanting them,” officials told chron.com.

Rare Cobra-like Snake Sighting at Brazos Bend State Park

Photo: Facebook/Brazos Bend State Park – Texas Parks and Wildlife

Visitors to the park who may have a rare encounter with this type of snake are advised to leave them be, in order to avoid a possible defensive strike. They’re known to have a mild venom, which isn’t harmful to humans. However, that wouldn’t negate the pain of their puncture. Although the TPWD has stated that eastern hognose snakes are amazing and impressive creatures to witness, if you spot one, you’re advised to admire them from afar. You can take some pictures, but keep a safe distance between you and them. Remember to always respect their space.