Pet Talk: Snake Season is Here

By the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Spring and summer are a great time to get outdoors. However, warmer temperatures also mean that certain creatures, such as snakes, will be more active. According to Texas Parks & Wildlife, the vast majority of Texas snakes are harmless and non-venomous, but just in case, you should always be cautious.

Dr. J. Jill Heatley, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, said garden snakes, a non-venomous group, are some of the most common snakes in the Bryan-College Station area. But be careful; venomous snakes also are prevalent.

“Common garden snakes in the area include the rough green snake, rough earth snake, the rat snake, and the diamondback water snake,” Heatley said. “There also are non-venomous snakes in the area that may mimic venomous snakes, such as the hognose snake. Common venomous snakes include the cottonmouth and copperhead.”

Though some parks may not require you to keep your pet on a leash, it may be a good idea to keep Fido controlled in case you do encounter a snake. In this situation, Heatley said to lead your pet away and avoid the snake by taking another path. Even if the snake doesn’t appear to be venomous, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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