Tag: Texas Snake Initiative

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 […]

Snake of the Day: Trans-Pecos Ratsnake

We’re starting a new segment on the blog: snake of the day. Check back soon for more photos and facts about snakes found in Texas!   The Trans-Pecos Ratsnake is a cute Colubrid species of snake found in Southwest Texas, primarily near Big Bend. Snake enthusiasts marvel at this ratsnake for its large, blueish eyes. Herpetologists believe […]

Snakebite Statistics

This information is available on the Texas Parks and Wildlife snake bite statistics page. Notice that the average number of deaths per year due to snakebites in Texas is less than one!  

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 […]

And so it begins!

We’re making it official! Forms have been filed today for us to incorporate TXSI as a non-profit organization with the state of Texas. So what are the next steps? Once all the paperwork is finalized, we can start raising funds. Our plan is to raise initial funds through an Indiegogo campaign, so stay tuned for […]

Texas Snake Initiative: What is it?

Hello all! We are excited to get started on the Texas Snake Initiative (TXSI) project. Our idea is to create a non-profit organization designed to educate Texans about our wild snake species. Our mission:  To unlearn misconceptions about snakes and educate the public about their benefits to our ecosystem. Our vision: A snake friendly Texas! Thank […]