Texas Snakes: A Field Guide


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.

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292706750
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Series: Texas Natural History Guides Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 623,565
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

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
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
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
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
Index of Common Names
Index of Scientific Names

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    Great Reference

    We are new to the Texas area and wanted to learn about snakes where we now live. This has been a great reference in identifying the snakes that we have seen. Would highly recommend it to anyone needing to get acquainted with the local snake population.

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