Even people who are familiar with snakes and appreciate their beauty and value know to treat the venomous ones with respect. Texas is home to four species of venomous snakes: the cottonmouth, the copperhead, the coral and the rattlesnake.
The Texas coral snake, the only coral snake in the state, is probably the easiest of the venomous snakes to recognize. It has bands of touching red and yellow around its body. The harmless scarlet king snake looks very much like the coral, but no yellow touches red on the king snake’s body. The Texas coral is the only snake in Texas that has red and yellow touching bands. There is even a rhyme to aid memory: if red touches yellow, you’re a dead fellow.
The pit viper with its fourteen subspecies living in Texas is better represented. If you see a snake and cannot immediately recognize it as one of the non-venomous ones, keep your distance. Remember, even professional snake handlers are sometimes fooled, so don’t approach if there is even the tiniest doubt. Do not try to shoo the snake with a broom or a stick. Call Critter Ridder, and we will be out the as soon as we can. In the meantime, move all family members and pets away from the area. Do not try to kill the snake. Almost all snake bites in North America happen when someone tries to shoo or kill a snake. Snakes can strike up to half the length of their body; a great enough distance to inject venom into someone seen as a threat and standing only a shovel’s distance away. In Texas about two people a year die from snake bites. Let Critter Ridder do the dangerous work. Even if the snake is not venomous, it is better to have it removed from the area. Non-venomous snakes can still bite, and some people have allergic reactions to the bites.
Needless to say, if a person is bitten by either a venomous or non-venomous snake, he or she needs medical attention as soon as possible. If a picture of the snake can be taken, medical personnel can determine the correct anti-venom faster. A phone call to notify the hospital or emergency center when the victim is on the way can also help the team get the necessary drugs ready. Anti-venom stops the action of the poison, but it cannot repair damage that has already been done; the sooner the drug is administered the better.
Snakes go where food and water are available. If you feed your pets outside, you may be issuing an open invitation. If you see snakes around, do not leave food and water accessible. Clean away any debris around the house and remove wood or rock piles where snakes can hide. Check for rodent access into your home. Snakes will come into the house in search of mice if there is access. Critter Ridder can identify access points and rodent areas and help fix the problem from the ground up.