Tag: fear of snakes

Snakes by the Numbers: Snakebite Statistics

Based on the annual human deaths by selected outdoor activities, 1978-2001, here are the average annual deaths broken down by activity: In other words, you are six times more likely to be killed by lightning than by a snake! It is important to remember that our native snakes are wild animals just like any other. […]

How to Identify a Texas Ratsnake

Hi there, everyone! We’ve been getting requests from you lately to ID different snakes based on their pictures. We love getting these requests, and encourage you to send us more of your snake questions! We will try our best to answer for you, or direct you to an expert herpetologist for help. One thing we […]

Gardening with Snakes

Gardeners take note – snakes are actually beneficial in the garden! Snakes prey on rodents, slugs, and insects, all of which can be detrimental to plants. If you know the struggles of dealing with a pest infestation, you understand the benefit of having some help nearby. Smaller snakes can wipe out a swarm of grasshoppers, and […]

Why snake education?

The Problem Many Texans see snakes as something to be feared, unfortunately believing that “the only good snake is a dead snake”. It is not uncommon, after spotting a snake, for citizens to feel that it is necessary to follow and kill the snake. Hunts such as rattlesnake roundups damage our environment and teach a violent […]