From the legendary, fear-inspiring western diamond-backed rattlesnake to the tiny, harmless plains blind snake, Texas has a greater diversity of snake species than any other state in the country. This fully illustrated field guide to Texas snakes, written by two of the state's most respected herpetologists, gives you the most current and complete information to identify and understand all 110 species and subspecies.
Texas Snakes: A Field Guide has all the resources you need to identify snakes in the wild and in your yard:
110 full-color, close-up photos that show every snake, as well as 39 detailed line drawings
110 range maps
Up-to-date species accounts that describe each snake's appearance, look-alikes, size, and habitat
A checklist of all Texas snakes and a key to the species
Reliable information on poisonous snakes and preventing and treating snakebites
Concise guides to snake conservation, classification, and identification
Drawn from the authors' monumental, definitive Texas Snakes: Identification, Distribution, and Natural History, this field guide is your must-have source for identifying any snake you see in Texas.
JAMES R. DIXON is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. THE LATE JOHN E. WERLER served as General Curator and General Manager of the Houston Zoological Gardens for thirty-six years.
Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Conservation Texas Threatened Snakes Poisonous Snakes, Venom and Bite Snake Classification and Identification Defining the Snake Making an Identification Aberrant Snakes Naming the Snake Taxonomic Issues Organization of Families, Species, and Subspecies Accounts Arrangement of Families Arrangement of Species and Subspecies The Maps Citations Checklist of Texas Snakes Key to the Species of Texas Snakes Species and Subspecies Accounts Family Leptotyphlopidae: Blind Snakes Plains Blind Snake South Texas Blind Snake New Mexico Blind Snake Trans-Pecos Blind Snake Family Colubridae: Colubrids Kansas Glossy Snake Texas Glossy Snake Painted Desert Glossy Snake Trans-Pecos Rat Snake Western Worm Snake Northern Scarlet Snake Texas Scarlet Snake Buttermilk Racer Tan Racer Eastern Yellow-Bellied Racer Mexican Racer Southern Black Racer Black-striped Snake Prairie Ring-necked Snake Regal Ring-necked Snake Mississippi Ring-necked Snake Texas Indigo Snake Speckled Racer Baird's Rat Snake Slowinski's Corn Snake Great Plains Rat Snake Southwestern Rat Snake Texas Rat Snake Western Mud Snake Mexican Hook-nosed Snake Western Hook-nosed Snake Plains Hog-nosed Snake Dusky Hog-nosed Snake Mexican Hog-nosed Snake Eastern Hog-nosed Snake Texas Night Snake Gray-banded King Snake Prairie King Snake Speckled King Snake Desert King Snake Louisiana Milk Snake Mexican Milk Snake New Mexico Milk Snake Central Plains Milk Snake Northern Cat-eyed Snake Eastern Coachwhip Western Coachwhip Schott's Whipsnake Ruthven's Whipsnake Central Texas Whipsnake Gulf Salt Marsh Snake Mississippi Green Water Snake Yellow-bellied Water Snake Blotched Water Snake Broad-banded Water Snake Florida Water Snake Brazos Water Snake Concho Water Snake Diamond-backed Water Snake Midland Water Snake Rough Green Snake Smooth green snake Sonoran Gopher Snake Bull Snake Louisiana Pine Snake Graham's Crayfish Snake Gulf Crayfish Snake Texas Long-nosed Snake Big Bend Patch-nosed Snake Mountain Patch-nosed Snake Texas Patch-nosed Snake Variable Ground Snake Southern Texas Ground Snake Marsh Brown Snake Texas Brown Snake Florida Red-bellied Snake Mexican Black-headed Snake Trans-Pecos Black-headed Snake Flat-headed Snake Southwestern Black-headed Snake Plains Black-headed Snake Western Black-necked Garter Snake Eastern Black-necked Garter Snake Checkered Garter Snake Western Ribbon Snake Arid Land Ribbon Snake Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake Red-striped Ribbon Snake Western Plains Garter Snake Eastern Garter Snake Texas Garter Snake Red-sided Garter Snake Texas Lyre Snake Lined Snake Rough Earth Snake Western Earth Snake Texas Poisonous Snakes Family Elapidae: Coral Snakes and Their Allies Texas Coral Snake Family Viperidae: Vipers Southern Copperhead Broad-banded Copperhead Trans-Pecos Copperhead Western Cottonmouth Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake Canebrake Rattlesnake Mottled Rock Rattlesnake Banded Rock Rattlesnake Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake Mohave Rattlesnake Green Prairie Rattlesnake Desert Massasauga Western Massasauga Western Pygmy Rattlesnake Glossary References Index of Common Names Index of Scientific Names