Texas just got a little wilder.

By Own work by LA Dawson - Photographer: LA Dawson, animals courtesy of Austin Reptile Service., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13266075
By Own work by LA Dawson - Photographer: LA Dawson, animals courtesy of Austin Reptile Service., CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13266075
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Texas

The way Texas is portrayed on TV and in movies is usually as some kind of desolate and wild place, but most of it is just regular ol' neighborhoods that would fit in "Anyplace, U.S.A". There are, however, places and things that are even wilder than those portrayed on the screen.

Snakes

Texas is home to many snakes. Sorry for you snake-a-phobes (Yes, the proper term is "Ophidiophiliacs", but dang that's a long word) but Texas probably has enough snakes to wrap around the state many times over. Evidence of all of this could be found at the Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas where an average of 4000 pounds of snakes are gathered each year.

More Snakes

Texas is also home to Copperheads, Cottonmouths, Coral. and Rat snakes. Wait, I'm not done, there's also Coachwhips, Speckled Kingsnakes, and Garter snakes. Oh, I'm not done. There are Mud snakes, Ringnecks, Eastern Hognose, and a couple varieties of water snakes. I'll let you off the hook now, except for our winning snake.

The Snake

The biggest snake in Texas is the Texas Indigo Snake.  These biggest of these big boys went 8 and 1/2 feet long.  So what would you do if you ran into one of these snakes? Whatever you do, keep in mind it's illegal to hunt or kill them because they are a protected species. Also, Texas Indigo Snakes are "good snakes", in that they eat rattlesnakes. One more thing, if you grab one up, it has the ability to release some stink on you, and you don't want any part of it.

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Gallery Credit: Renee Raven