Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of the United States in general, Texas in particular...

Texas is home to a wider diversity of snakes and lizards than any other state in the union. No native lizards are venomous. Most native snakes are also non-venomous (or, in some cases, slightly venomous to their prey, but essentially non-venomous to humans). Only two families of snakes, one containing coral snakes, the other pit vipers such as rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths, are venomous.

Click here to go to Snake Encounter Reports, with descriptions and photographs of snakes sent in by viewers.

Click here to go to a listing of North American Snake Families, Genera, and Species, with links to photos and encounter reports sent in by viewers.

Call (512)331-1111 to ask me about a snake you have found. If you have digital images of snakes you have encountered (Take No Chances; photos are not worth risking life or limb to obtain) please send them to jerry.cates@entomobiotics.com.  As time permits, your photos may be posted on this website. Full credit will be given to those providing such images if and when they are posted.

Read some basic facts about reptiles; Snake Anatomy.

Identification Key to Texas Snakes

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Photos of Non-Poisonous Snakes (2002-2003):

Blotched Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster transversa- April 28, 2003) Found in an Austin, Texas back yard, swallowing a toad.

Central Texas Whip Snake- August 2, 2002. Found in Austin, Texas.

Eastern Black-Necked Garter Stnake (Thamnophis cyrtopsis ocellatus) Austin, Texas, Nov. 16, 2003. 

Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) November 18, 2003 -- New Braunfels, Texas

Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) April 16, 2003 -- East Texas. 

Juvenile Texas Rat Snake- April, 2002. This snake came from the grounds of a nursing facility in Temple, Texas.

Green Anole- August 4, 2001. ... photographed in the front yard of a home in suburban northwest Round Rock, Texas.

Texas Rat Snake- July, 2001. ... Round Rock, TX.

Texas Rat Snake- June 4, 2002. Found in the back yard of a home in suburban northwest Round Rock, Texas.

Texas Rat Snake-  May 12, 2003). Found in a chicken coop eating eggs at a farm near Eustace, Texas.

Lined Snake- May, 2002. This small snake came from the grounds of a nursing facility near Temple, Texas.

Red-striped Ribbon Snake- June 2, 2003... Georgetown Texas, near the San Gabriel River

Black Rat Snake- May 14, 2001. ... caught in deer netting in the back yard of a home in Georgetown, Texas. 

Texas Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi texana)- Sept. 2, 2002. Found near a home, about 1 mile from Round Rock Hospital 

Newborn Texas Brown Snake, 1 of 9 born on 9-20-2002, at approx. 8:45 a.m., to the snake found in Round rock on 9-02. 

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