Venomous or Nonvenomous, that is the question


Tim Cole with Austin Reptile Service stopped by the studio on Thursday along with seven of his scaly friends. Tim showed us how to tell the difference between some common venomous snakes and the nonvenomous snakes that look like them. The first were the rattle snake and the Texas rat snake. The rat snake makes a sound that is very similar to a rattle snake, but the coloring is the primary differentiation between these two. The rat snake is black and orange or black and red, instead of the grey coloring of the rattle snake. The diamondback water snake looks similar to a cottonmouth, but the water snake has a yellow chin and belly when the cottonmouth’s are black and white.The best way to prevent snake bites is to just leave the snakes alone. And the best way to keep snakes off your property is good pest control. Removing food sources like mice and other rodents will make your yard an undesirable location for most snakes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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