Field Herping 2008
Here are just some of the things I saw last year in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. I wonder what 2009 will bring!
I always enjoy seeing
copperheads. They are
pretty common in
wooded areas around
here. Despite being
venomous, they are
actually not usually
aggressive at all unless
harassed and go out of
their way to avoid
trouble. Their bad
reputation is definitely
not deserved.
Rattlers are always fun to find, and they sure get your heart
beating! Here's a nice western diamondback I found
under a slab of broken concrete in 2007. This one was
close to five feet long and not very happy to see me!
Rattler country!
Signs like this are usually good signs!
You never know what you'll find when you lift a big piece of plywood
on the side of the freeway!
While I consider finding
venomous snakes to be a
bonus, I find plenty of
harmless snakes, like the
rough green snake on the
left and the western ribbon
snake on the right.
Can you spot the snapping turtle in this picture?
Another nice western diamondback found under some
shingles on the side of the road. This one was at least
four feet long and ready for a shed.
Yellow bellied racers like the one in the pictures above
and below are very common in grassy fields. True to their
name, they are very quick to flee. But if cornered, they
won't hesitate to bite over and over and over and...!
Great plains rat snakes like the one below are another
snake very common in grassy areas also home to rattlers
and racers. They are a fairly calm snake and are very closely
related to corn snakes. Captives are excellent feeders.
Texas rat
snakes are
another very
snake. These
are mainly
found in
wooded areas,
but are
common on
farms and even
in the city as
they look for
birds and
rodents. They
usually have an
The two pictures on the left are of a western cottonmouth, also known as a water moccasin. Harmless water snakes are
often mistaken for cottonmouths, which are venomous and are a type of pit viper, just like the copperhead on the right.
Both of these snakes were found in the same area.