A Broad-banded Water Snake near Houston, Texas

A Broad-banded Water Snake near Houston, Texas
This article by Jerry Cates and Gaynor was first published on 17 May 2012 and revised last on 8 July 2012. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 13:05(06). —————————————– On 17 May 2012 Gaynor wrote the following: “Help, please: Is this snake poisonous or not? I found one about a year ago about twice this size on my front ...

A Juvenile Ratsnake from Frisco, Texas

A Juvenile Ratsnake from Frisco, Texas
— BugsInTheNews is a VIEWER-PARTICIPANT WEBSITE. This article by Jerry Cates and Walter Fuller was first published on 2 May 2012 and revised last on 19 May 2012. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 13:05(01). ——————————— On 1 May 2012 Walter Fuller wrote the following (I’ve modified Walter’s message slightly, for reasons that will become clear later in this posting): “Hi ...

Black Widow Spider vs. Eastern Black-necked Garter Snake; near Moffat, Texas 2

Black Widow Spider vs. Eastern Black-necked Garter Snake; near Moffat, Texas
— This article by Jerry Cates and Bridget W., first published on 11 August 2010, was last revised on 23 October 2013. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 11:08(07). ——————————— Important Links related to the content of this page: (1) Spider Extermination and Control (2) Spider Bite First Aid Meet the snake in this drama. This juvenile eastern black-necked ...

A Ruthven’s Whip Snake from the Texas Rio Grande Valley

A Ruthven's Whip Snake from the Texas Rio Grande Valley
— BugsInTheNews is a viewer-participant website. This article by Jerry Cates and Monica H., first published on 9 August 2010, was last revised on 6 July 2012. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 11:08(06). —————————————– Monica wrote: Can you identify this snake? It came out of the hedge, in the air. We are in the Rio Grande Valley. Thanks ...

Batesian Mimicry of Western Pygmy Rattlesnakes by Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes in the Sam Houston National Forest 1

Batesian Mimicry of Western Pygmy Rattlesnakes by Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes in the Sam Houston National Forest
— This article by Jerry Cates and Tom Sinclair, first published on 15 June 2010, was last revised on 24 April 2016. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 11:06(01). ————————– Recently, Tom was surveying a portion of the Sam Houston Nationaf Forest for additional specimens of the western pygmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius streckeri). He knew that serpent was common ...

Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes in Texas 2

Eastern Hog-nosed Snakes in Texas
—This article by Jerry Cates et al., first published in March 2007, was last revised on 24 April 2016. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 08:03. —————————— The eastern hog-nosed snake (Heterodon platirhinos) is a medium sized snake that comes in a variety of colors and markings. It has a stout body, a broad head and thick neck. When ...

Blotched Water Snakes in Texas 4

Blotched Water Snakes in Texas
— This article by Jerry Cates, Michael Logozar,  Julia E., and Ramona R., first published on 4 April 2010, was last revised on 21 May 2012. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 11:04(02). —————————— On 13 April 2012, Michael Logozar, of Round Rock, Texas, wrote the following: Hey, Jerry: I’m looking forward to the BBQ and seeing you all soon. ...

Duvernoy’s Gland Secretions in Colubrid Snakes

—This article by Jerry Cates, first published on 20 March 2010, was last revised on 24 April 2016. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 11:03(18). —————————————– The Colubridae family of snakes includes 320 genera and about 700 species. Until the 1920’s (some authorities say the 1950’s) these snakes were considered utterly non-venomous. Not harmless, just non-venomous, as the word ...

A Prairie Ring-necked Snake in Sweetwater, Texas 4

A Prairie Ring-necked Snake in Sweetwater, Texas
— This article by Jerry Cates and Curtis R., first published in July 2008, was last revised on 24 April 2016. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 09:07(10). —————————————– This small snake was captured and photographed by Curtis R. in Sweetwater Texas on July 28, 2008. He wrote: “Hi, Jerry—This morning my dogs were barking like crazy. My wife ...

A Western Ribbon Snake in Santa Fe, Texas 2

A Western Ribbon Snake in Santa Fe, Texas
—This article by Jerry Cates and Tammy D., first published in December 2009, was last revised on 6 July 2012. © Bugsinthenews Vol. 10:12(01). —————————————– Tammy wrote: Hello Jerry–I found this snake under some leaves in my yard in Santa Fe, Texas. Can you tell me what kind it is. Thank you — Tammy My thanks ...
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