What are the venomous snakes of Texas?

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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The four venomous snakes from Texas are the Texas Coral Snake, Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Southern Copperhead, and Western Cottonmouth. In addition, there are subspecies of each one of these snakes.

The Texas Coral Snake has red, yellow, and black bands around its body. It can grow up to 27 inches long.

The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake can grow up to 48 inches long. Its back is outlined with diamond shaped marks that are very dark. Around these marks are lighter colored scales.

The Southern Copperhead can grow up to 30 inches long. Its body is brown to pink in color with many cross bands.

The Western Cottonmouth can grow up to 30 inches long. These snakes are dark in color and often confused with the water moccasin.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are only 4 species of venomous snakes in Texas but there are many subspecies. Ten subspecies of rattlesnakes, 1 cottonmouth, 3 copperheads, and 1 coral snake.

Rattlesnakes are feared the world over, they have a distinctive sound caused by the shaking of their rattle. They are usually brown to tan. One subspecies is the diamond back rattler. Cottonmouths usually live in and around water and are good swimmers, they also are brown or tan.They are called water moccasins. Copperheads are brown or gray and have a "hourglass" configuration on their crossbands. Coral snakes are often black with orange or yellow bands. Coral snakes are seldom seen during daylight hours.

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