Snakes to Look Out for in Texas
A cottonmouth snake can reach lengths of up to five feet long. Commonly called a water moccasin, these snakes enjoy being near bodies of water and are usually are dark black color with wide bands on its body. This type of snake can be aggressive so keep your eyes open when playing by lakes, ponds and rivers.
|Western Diamondback Rattlesnake|
The Western Diamondback rattlesnake is one of the most common snakes you will find in Texas. It can reach lengths of up to seven feet and has a triangular shaped head. They will often times spend their days hiding in low-growing shrubs or rocks. The most identifiable part of this snake is their rattle but it is also covered in a diamond-shaped pattern, hence its name. They are not usually aggressive unless their habitat is disturbed or threatened, so watch where you are walking when out on hikes!
These snakes reach about 30 inches long and have a reddish-brown head with coppery bodies. These snakes are usually not aggressive and most people only get bitten by accidently stepping on them. The reason it might be easy to step on one is because they blend in so well with oak leaves and other vegetation. Make sure you are aware of your surroundings and where you are walking when in wooded or park areas.
Creepy Crawlers to Look Out for in Texas
Bugs love the heat, especially the ones that bite! From mosquitoes and bees to flies and fleas, here is a list of the ones you should really keep your eye out for!
Bees and Wasps
You might see some wasps, yellow jackets, bees or hornets buzzing around your home. If so, they most likely have built a nest somewhere on the outside of your home or in hollow places that do not get disturbed. When it is light out, look around your home to see if you can find the nest. If so, you should call a professional to take care of it. Never try to remove the nest yourself. Keep in mind that if the nest is not dealt with properly, there can be dangerous consequences up to and including death from multiple stings. Anyone with a possible allergy to these bugs can find themselves in a life-threatening situation from even a single sting.
The good news is most spiders are not dangerous to humans. In Texas, the two spiders to keep an eye out for are the brown recluse and the black widow. Both of these spiders like to
hang out in dark areas where there isn’t much draft. The only time they might
bite is if they feel threatened. Unfortunately, with
most spider bites, you won’t even feel them. That is why it is important that
anytime you find a suspecting bite on your body or your child’s, that you call the
poison center for treatment recommendations.
MosquitoesMosquitoes are peskier than anything, but they can also carry some icky diseases including West Nile Virus and malaria. The best way to avoid mosquitoes around your home is to get rid of any standing water, including bird baths. Standing water is the perfect breeding spot for mosquitoes. The best time to stay indoors to reduce your chances of being bitten is at twilight/during the evening when they are most active. If you must go out at this time, make sure you use mosquito repellent on all exposed areas.
TicksTicks can be found in dense brush and wooded areas. If you plan on taking a hike or going around heavily wooded areas, make sure to cover your skin with clothing and use tick repellent where skin is visible to eliminate chances of being bit. If you do find a tick embedded in your skin, the best thing you can do is remove it with tweezers. Call the poison center for information on how to remove the tick or treat the open wound it may leave behind.
Remember, if you run across any of these snakes or bugs and happen to get bitten or stung, please do not hesitate to contact a poison center for help at 1-800-222-1222. They are always there and always free and can provide help on how to treat the bite and more.