Beware of Water Snake in East Texas That Will Chase You
Spring is not too far away and that means more snakes but did you know there is one snake in East Texas that will chase you?
Blotched Water Snake
Now that gives me the creeps just thinking about it, you try your best to steer clear of snakes but the blotched water snake(Nerodia erythrogaster transversa) that resembles the venomous moccasin will do just that, if it sees you. This species of snake is typically found in the East Texas area. Most of the snakes can vary in length from 24-40 inches. Some say this is just an old myth but I don't plan to get close enough to find out.
Because of the dark and brown spots and blotched-looking skin that can vary in color, it often gets mistaken as a venomous Cottonmouth. They react a lot in the same way by flatting their head into a diamond shape before striking their prey. This snake tends to breed from April until mid-June in the southeast United States including Texas. Their favorite food of choice is frogs and fish.
Good News - non- Venomous
While these snakes may have a nasty bite, they are not poisonous and can't hurt you, but seeing one will certainly give you the creeps. The blotched water snake normally likes staying near any body of water, creeks, rivers, and lakes. Notice the blood on this snake wrangler's hand.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission warns the venomous snakes we should all be aware of when outdoors in this region include the timber rattler, the pigmy rattlesnake, the water moccasin, and the Texas coral snake.
Check ou these videos of the Blotched Water Snake.