Texas Rat Snakes
Texas rat snakes are among the most aggressive
non-venomous serpents in the state. Threatened, most bite readily, though the pressure of the bite is so weak and short-lived that they usually just cause a scratch.
The most common is the brown-mottled occurring in suburban areas
in the eastern half of Texas and the only one likely to be found
high in trees and in attics. Immediately after they hatch in late
summer and early autumn, the brown blotched, grayish young are
the most frequently encountered snakes as well as the fact that
they are the hottest tempered, typically striking without
hesitation when picked up.
Abundant in both types of terrain, they have been seen in coastal
swampy areas to pastures, to your attic space. So, they do get
around. The prey or the food desire of these snakes are warm
blooded: Birds and their hatchlings, rodents and their young and
they do posses the ability to constrict the more vigorous prey to
enhance their mission of food intake. Egg bearing and the eggs
are covered with sticky substance that may cause the entire batch
to cluster-like together.
Their young are about 12 to 14 1/2 inches in length and have
chocolate like covered lines that extend all the way up to form a
marking across the eyes. There are many kind of rat snakes but
this one is really the most common.
Another possible invader is water snakes (see snake control). The blotched, broad-banded and green water snakes are the
most to invade in structures. Being some of the largest of water
snakes, they don't have that much trouble traveling a half a mile
or more to hunt their prey. Creeks often run through suburbs and
they can easily surf down the street via storm drains. So many
homes have rodent problems, and the rodent droppings can be a
nutritional support systems for insects, and in turn the geckos
have the insects for their food source. Geckos are not far
removed from toads and frogs - and guess who likes to chow down on
them? You guessed it, the water snake!
These snakes have a good defense mechanism - they excrete a highly
offensive order when handled or threatened. We have had customers
that have had snake problems say that they have smelled a
unusually foul odor (see snake control) and one not really
consistent with dead rodent. But, we always find that some types
of snakes come to where the rats are, and when we perform a snake
control treatment, rodent service and large insect control
is usually needed.
In most cases, we offer a one-year warranty with our snake control
treatment. The food support control program that comes with the
snake treatment is very important to ensure the proper control
method and will be maintained for one year as well. Please call
us if you have any snake or rodent problems.