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. If you find a snake on your property and would like assistance removing or ending it, please call Police Dispatch at 972.434.5500 Ext. 9.  Those nonvenomous snakes that can be relocated will be and those venous ones will be dealt with appropriately. 

Below is a list of snakes found in the area that a resident might encounter, along with a photo for further identification. 

Common Snakes — LAND


Blotched Water Snake

Diamond Water Back Snake

Texas Coral Snake*
VENOMOUS

Water Moccasin*
VENOMOUS

Western Ribbon Snake

Yellow Bellied Water Snake

 

*Venomous Snakes

Copper Head
Thick copper/brown band marking around the body. Be careful around garden beds, leaf piles, fallen trees/branch and log piles.  Their color blends well in these areas.  Not all Copperheads are truly a distinctive copper color.

Coral Snake
The coral snake has bright red, yellow, and black bands that encircle the whole body. This snake is easily confused with a Milk Snake.  Here is an easy rhyme to figure out if the snake is a venomous Coral Snake, or harmless milk snake.  Red next to Yellow, kill a fellow.  Red next to Black, friend of Jack.  The venomous coral snake will have its red coloring band next to yellow bands.   The harmless milk snake will have its red band next to black bands.
This snake is usually shy and nonaggressive- but that doesn’t mean you should get close, stay away!

Rattlesnakes
There are many different species of rattlesnakes in Texas, therefore rattlesnakes can have many different markings and coloring.  The main way to identify a rattlesnake is the rattle at the end of the snake.  The snake will rattle when they feel threatened, however, this is not a definite. It is possible for rattlesnakes to not give a “warning” rattle before striking. 

Water Moccasin
Also known as a Cotton Mouth. This is because when the snake feels threatened, it will open its mouth, which is white.  This snake will have wide bands, that can range in color from dark brown, black, and deep olive green. Young Water Moccasins can have these colors, but lighter. The Water Moccasin has a notable “thick” body” or “heavy-bodied" and is around 3 feet long. This snake can be seen in the water or on land. This snake is known to be aggressive!

 

Snake Do's and Don'ts

  • If you see a snake or hear a snake (like a rattlesnake for example) remain calm, stop any sudden movements, and back away slowly. 
  • Don’t play with dead snakes! They still have venom in their system, and could still bite you because of the snake's muscle contractions.
  • Stay away from tall grass, rock piles or large rocks, fallen trees/branches and leaf piles- snakes like to hide here. If you are going to be in areas like these, wear tall hiking boots or snake boots! This will help decrease the chances of the snake piercing your skin.
  • Snakes can be by creek/waterbeds too. Wear the correct footwear when going around natural water areas too!
  • Be careful in flower beds, the snake will hide here too. Flip flops are nice in the summer, but give you zero protection.  Opt for closed toed shoes when outside.

How to deal with a Snake Bite

  • Try to remember the color and markings of the snake, but DO NOT get close to the snake, or try to find the snake.
  • Try to remember about what time the bite happened.
  • Keep yourself and/or the victim calm.  An increased heart rate will not help the situation.  Remove tight-fitting clothing and jewelry- this is helpful in case there is swelling.
  • Call 9-1-1 for assistance immediately.  Our ambulances DO NOT carry anti-venom. However, we can help monitor vital signs while we take you to a large hospital for the appropriate care.  
  • If you’re bit by a snake that is not venomous- wash the bite site with soap and water, and treat like a minor wound.If there are any adverse reactions that set in later, such as difficulty breathing, etc, call 911. 

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