Further Study:

Order the new Venomous Snakes of Texas Poster

image of Venomous Snakes of Texas poster

Snakebit - Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine article, current information on the importance of prompt medical attention in the event of snakebite.

Checklist of Texas Wildlife - Scientific and common names of Texas Snakes.

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Snake FAQ | Venomous Texas Snakes | Snakebite Stats

Snake! Is it Venomous?

Comparing the venomous coral snake to similar non-venomous species

Remember the rhyme:

Red on black - venom lack (or friend of Jack); Red on yellow - kill a fellow

Texas scarlet snake on left - Texas coral snake on rightIt's just a rhyme, however it is an accurate way to quickly tell a venomous coral snake from a harmless, non-venomous member of a similar species. Another way to tell is that the color rings on the coral snake go all the way around the snake, the underside looks like the top. This is not seen in similar species, their rings are only on top. Don't attempt to determine species using this method - it means you are too close!

Texas coral snakes are extremely shy and non-aggressive. Although their mouths are smaller than most venomous snakes, they can still inflict a serious bite if handled. Coral snakes eat mostly other snakes and small reptiles and are members of the same family of snakes as the cobras of India.

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Additional Information:

Texas Memorial Museum's Herps of Texas - online list of reptiles and amphibians of Texas
Texas Department of Health's This Bites - online information on the venomous snakes of Texas

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