Wildlife Update: Snakes in Trophy Club

Posted by Brett Oliver on Jul 25, 2013
Tags: Community, Parks, Public Safety, Recreation, Town News, Trophy Club Park

Trophy Club shares a border with hundreds of acres of natural, undeveloped property that is home to a large wildlife population. Many variables, including weather, climate changes, the season, human behavior, etc can cause the wildlife to move into residential neighborhoods seeking shelter, food and water sources. These animals, although sometimes a nuisance, are generally not a danger to humans or pets (and want to avoid people as much as people want to avoid them).

Recently, there have been several snake sightings around town and although some snakes are venomous, the majority of snakes are non-venomous. Many of the non-venomous snakes are beneficial and should not be killed. For example, the Rat Snake eats undesirable rodents commonly found around human habitats. Below is a list of snakes found in the area that a resident might encounter, along with a photo for further identification. 

Common snakes that may be encountered on land:

Eastern Yellow-Bellied Racer

 

 Great Plains Rat Snake

Texas Rat Snake

 

 Western Coachwhip

 Rough Green Snake

 Bull Snake

 Texas Brown Snake

 

 Flat-Headed Snake

 

 Rough Earth Snake

 

Broad-Banded Copperhead

VENOMOUS

   

Common snakes that may be encountered near water:

Yellow Bellied Water Snake 

 Blotched Water Snake

Diamond-Backed Water Snake

 Western Ribbon Snake

 Water Moccasin

VENOMOUS

 

Learn to recognize the two most common venomous snakes (Water Moccasin & Copperhead) found in Trophy Club. Please search the Internet to learn more about particular identifying characteristics and behaviors.

Snake Do's and Don'ts

  • Don't try to engage the snake - Avoid the snake, do not touch; if believed to be venomous, call Animal Control 
  • Be more alert in the morning and evening - Snakes tend to be more active during the cooler times of day
  • Wear proper footwear - Wear hiking boots while near wooded areas and water sources
  • Avoid tall grass - Avoid areas with tall grass, especially near bodies of water
  • Stay Alert - Remain aware of your surroundings
  • Make noise - Usually, if a snake senses vibrations, they will avoid the area

How to deal with a Snake Bite

  • Do not try to capture snake - Do not try to retrieve the snake that bit you, but do note the distinctive markings, shape of head, etc.
  • if you believe the snake was venomous -  Call 911 to receive emergency assistance
  • If the snake was non-venomous -  Treat as a minor wound

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