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December 16, 2021

Study Shows Rattlesnake Trick Human Ears

Rattlesnakes increase their rattling rate as potential threats approach, and this abrupt switch to a high-frequency mode makes listeners, including humans, think they’re closer than they actually are, researchers reported n the journal Current Biology. “Our data […]
December 8, 2021

How Will A Warm Winter Impact Bass, Flounder, Trout And…Snakes?

While looking through some of my old notes, I came across something I wrote in January 2014 called “Implications of a Cold Winter”. That year it was brutally cold (for us at least) and here in […]
October 5, 2021

Destructive Snake Disease Found In Museum Specimens

A recent study of museum snake specimens shows that snake fungal disease, a skin infection threatening many important snake populations, existed in the U.S. over 50 years earlier than previously thought. This rat snake is a preserved museum specimen with snake fungal disease that was collected in Tennessee in 1973. (Credit: Jeff Lorch, […]
June 2, 2021

“Ground Rattlers And Other TX Snake Stories

You either love them or hate them. Snakes are by far the most polarizing creature in Texas wild lands with a majority on the hate side, and a few of us loving them. The fact is, […]
January 16, 2020

Snakes Are Out In Winter Too

Snakes in Texas don’t really hibernate. I have heard of several serpentine encounters in recent weeks and even had some dealings with a big coral snake myself. Snakes (as well as turtles and alligators) will come […]
June 5, 2018

Is It a Cottonmouth Or Not?

Cottonmouths are the most frequently misidentified snake in Texas. A true cottonmouth is not a snake to be toyed with. They can deliver a deadly bite of hemotoxic venom that destroys tissue. Unlike their reputation of […]
May 2, 2018

A Look At “Counterfeit Copperheads” And Other Snakes

Copperheads Or Not During this past spring I received three emails showing images of dead snakes. Each snake appeared well and truly hammered, limp and broken and bloody. One was a hognose snake. One was a […]
January 18, 2017

Snake Armor – 2017 SHOT Show

Texas Fish & Game Hunting Editor Lou Marullo had visited with the folks over at Snake Armor and got some information on some great new products that will help protect you and your dog against the […]
September 1, 2016

Dept. of Wild: Extracting Venom from Diamondback and Cobra

Snake venom is a complex substance that varies greatly among the world’s thousands of species. George Van Horn of Reptile World Serpentarium in St. Cloud, Fl. has been collecting venom for more than 40 years to […]
August 4, 2016

Dept. of Wild: Up Close Cottonmouth

The cottonmouth is the most notorious venomous snake in Texas. With a reputation as big as the state itself, there are many myths and legends surrounding this species. TFG Editor-In-Cheif Chester Moore is a big fan […]