With their shimmering scales and smooth, fluid movements, snakes can be very beautiful to watch from afar. The Houston area is lucky enough to have several species of these beautiful reptiles, and being familiar with the common venomous varieties can help you stay safe. If you are worried about snakes on your residential or commercial property, Wildlife X Team of Houston is here to help! We offer snake removal services that are humane and affordable, giving you the peace of mind you need to rest assured your property is safe. Call 281-377-6622 today for an appointment!
Identifying snakes can be tricky unless you know what to look for. In today’s post, we’ll cover a few of the more common venomous snakes to the Houston area and provide a description of what they look like. Read on to learn more!
Four Venomous Snakes Common to Houston
Western Pygmy Rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius streckeri)
Also known as the Ground Rattler, the Western Pygmy is one of the smallest rattlesnakes in the United States. With a skinny tail and brownish-gray body, this snake features dark brown spots on its back and sides with a gray belly. Many of these snakes also have a rusty colored stripe on its back and black stripes that angle from their eyes to the back corner of their mouths. They are much smaller than their Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes, and when fully grown, these guys measure anywhere from 15 to 20 inches long.
Southern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix)
Although slightly longer at 22 to 36 inches, the Southern Copperhead is another small snake that frequents the Houston area. This snake typically has yellow, cat-like eyes and their bodies are light brown in color, often with a pinkish tint to them. One of the most striking characteristics of this snake is the alternating crossband pattern on their rough scales. The pattern features light brown or gray and dark brown or reddish-brown hourglass shapes.
Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius tenere)
With its vibrant color pattern, the Texas Coral snake is by far the most color venomous snake that is local to Houston. Local residents will be able to easily distinguish this snake from others because of its alternating wide black and red rings with thin yellow rings that cover its entire body. It is also known identified by its completely black head. When adults, these snakes are usually less than 24 inches long.
Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)
Unlike the other three species we have described, the Western Cottonmouth is most easily identified by its lack of distinguishing scale colors and patterns. These snakes are stout and wide-bodied and usually grow to be anywhere from 30 to 42 inches long. They are dark grayish brown in color and when they are scared, they will open their mouth in defense. The inside of their mouth is bright white like cotton, lending to their creative name.
Houston Snake Removal Professionals
While they are beautiful, these snakes are all dangerous, producing a venom that can cause significant tissue damage and death. If you spot one of these snakes on your Houston property, it is important to contact our team right away for safe snake removal services. Our animal relocation specialists have the training and tool needed to safely capture venomous snakes and humanely relocate them elsewhere. Contact us today to learn more about our snake removal and trapping services!