Snakes of Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth snake

Welcome to! I am David, a snake enthusiast living in Fort Worth, TX. Many people don't know that Fort Worth is in fact full of snakes! You just need to know where to find them - they can often be shy and elusive. Some Texas snake species are more common outside of the city limits, in different parts of Tarrant County TX, but many types of snakes are indeed common in the more urban parts of Fort Worth. This guide is meant to help educate you about the beautiful snakes of Fort Worth, and to help you identify the most common snakes of Fort Worth, as well as the venomous snakes of Fort Worth that you should learn to recognize and avoid. If you want more detail, click here for my complete list of ALL snake species in Fort Worth. Remember the following:

  • Most snakes of Fort Worth are harmless and don't want to encounter you
  • Venomous snakes exist but are uncommon in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Snakes eat rats and mice and are a valuable part of the Texas ecosystem
  • Never kill a snake - if you leave a snake alone, it will leave you alone.

Common Snake Species in Fort Worth

Fort Worth snake Texas Rat Snake: The Texas rat snake is one of the most common snakes you’ll encounter in Fort Worth. Thankfully, this large snake is nonvenomous. The Texas rat snake typically grows to be more than six feet long. These snakes have grey or yellow skin with dark markings all throughout their body. These snakes get their name because they primarily hunt rats and other rodents. Yet they’re also known to use their incredible climbing abilities to prey on birds and their eggs. All of which they kill by constriction.

Fort Worth snake Diamondback Water Snake: The diamondback water snake is a non-venomous species. These snakes tend to be brown or green in color, with diamond-shaped dark markings running across their backs. This makes them resemble the deadly diamondback rattlesnake. While this is a great defense mechanism out in the wild, it’s also led to them mistakenly being killed by people who didn’t know any better. As a water snake, this reptile spends most of its life in and around bodies of water. This means that you’re likely to spot them near rivers, lakes, and wetlands. While in these areas, this snake will hunt aquatic animals like fish, crayfish, as well as amphibians.

Fort Worth snake Plain Bellied Water Snake: The plain bellied water snake is another non-venomous snake species. Adults of this species tend to be between two to four feet in length. These snakes have a brown, yellow, or grey back with dark markings all over. That said, their bellies are pattern-less, which is why they’re called plain bellied. Like the diamondback water snake, this snake also lives near bodies of water. It also has a similar diet, mainly feeding on crayfish, amphibians, and other aquatic animals.

Venomous Snake Species in Fort Worth

Fort Worth snake Cottonmouth: Cottonmouths are another water snake, which is why they’re also referred to as water moccasins. Unlike the diamondback and plain bellied water snake, the cottonmouth is very venomous. These snakes are two to four feet long, and they have a brown body. Their bodies are actually a crisscross of different shades of brown, and they even have small dark spots and speckles around their bodies. Like the other water snakes already mentioned, the cottonmouth tends to live near bodies of water. These include rivers, lakes, as well as wetlands. Unlike the diamondback and plain bellied water snake, the cottonmouth has a much more varied diet. This snake goes for fish and amphibians, yet it also goes after small mammals, birds, and even other snakes!

Fort Worth snake Copperhead: The copperhead is another venomous snake. This reptile grows up to three feet long. It’s named after it’s orange or golden skin. You can identify these snakes by the brown, hour-glass shaped marks they have running across their back. These snakes can live in just about any habitat. This makes them one of the most widespread venomous snakes in the United States. It’s also the reason most venomous snake bites are attributed to them. Copperheads tend to go after small mammals, like mice and rats. Yet they’re also known to hunt birds, lizards, and even amphibians.

Fort Worth snake Western Diamondback Rattlesnake: The diamondback water snake mentioned earlier gets through life by mimicking this deadly snake. The western diamondback rattlesnake is a large reptile. Adults are typically at least four feet long, with some becoming six feet or longer. These snakes have a greyish-brown skin color, with dark, diamond-shaped marks running across their backs. Diamondback rattlesnakes are found in a variety of locations. These vary from deserts to dense forests. They can be spotted in plains or up high on hills and mountains. These snakes go after small mammals, like rats, gophers, rabbits, and plenty of others. Yet they’re also known to hunt birds or other reptiles on occasion.

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Can I Use A High Pitched Sound Deterrent Machine To Get Rid Of Snakes?

High Pitched Sound Machines for Snake Removal
The use of high pitched sound machines for animal removal is nothing new. These products exist because people want a quick, effective, and safe method of removing pest animals from their property. Manufacturers promise that these machines will safely and easily remove animals through annoyance. It sounds perfect, and like something anyone could use. Before laying down the money, though, know the facts. Manufacturers may say that their products work, but they have an obvious reason for that. Will these machines do the trick? Can you remove snakes from your property through sound alone, or is this going to be a wasted investment with no payoff whatsoever?

Sound Machine Effectiveness
Sound machines supposedly remove animals through annoyance. The high pitched sound makes them dislike the area and makes them vacate for their own sanity. The idea is that they cannot handle the noise and will not be able to live near it. It seems logical, but it does not work in practice. High pitched sound machines do not show the results that many would expect, and may do nothing at all. With snakes, there is no chance of seeing them leave simply because of a high pitched noise. It is not going to affect them at all. It is a costly machine that does not do the job promised.

What You Can Do
Sound machines are not going to remove your snake problem. They may not have any impact at all. The only thing you can expect is wasted money and lost hope. Instead, look into methods that have proven results. Yard maintenance, traps, and physical removal are your best bets. All of these can help in removing snakes and reducing the likelihood of them returning. Professional removal is an option, as well. Professional removal comes with its risks and concerns, but it can lead to a clean and full physical removal of the snake or snakes on your property. Any of these will work better than high pitched sound machines because these machines simply do not work. There are ways to remove snakes from your property. High pitched sound machines are just not one of them. They are not going to remove or deter snakes whatsoever. They are a costly, ineffective method that you are better off ignoring. With better options available to you, there is no reason to put any money into them.

Remember, the term is not poisonous snakes of Fort Worth, it's venomous snakes of Fort Worth. Poison is generally something you eat, and venom is injected into you. That said, dangerous snakes are very rare in Fort Worth. The few venomous snakes of Tarrant County are rarely seen. But they are commonly misidentified, so learn about all the snake species of Fort Worth in order to correctly identify them. These snakes are usually also found in the surrounding towns of Arlington, Keller, Euless, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Colleyville, Bedford, Haltom City, Saginaw, Benbrook, Lake Worth, White Settlement, Watauga, Crowley, Richland Hills, Kennedale, Forest Hill, River Oaks, Everman, Pantego, Blue Mound, Dalworthington Gardens, Westworth Village, Sansom Park, Pelican Bay, Edgecliff Village, Westover Hills, Eagle Mountain, Rendon, Lakeside, and the surrounding areas.

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