Learn how to identify these 8 snakes common in Tomball, Magnolia as snake season approaches

The copperhead snake is venomous and usually 2-3 feet in size.

The copperhead snake is venomous and usually 2-3 feet in size.

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Slithering into Snake Season
Editor's note: This story has been updated from the March 2019 print edition to clarify diamondback water snakes are nonvenomous.

Snake season has arrived in the Tomball and Magnolia areas. Snakes cannot tolerate extreme cold and will emerge from hibernation starting in late February or early March in Texas, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.



Coral snake

  • Venomous

  • Size: 2-3 feet

  • Color: red, yellow and black bands with red and yellow bands touching








Copperhead snake

  • Venomous

  • Size: 2-3 feet

  • Color: brown- or salmon-colored with chestnut or reddish-brown crossbands in an hourglass shape








Cottonmouth snake

  • Venomous

  • Size: 2-3 feet

  • Color: dark brown, olive brown, olive green or black with wide, dark bands; green-yellow colored tail when young








Timber rattlesnake

  • Venomous

  • Size: 3-5 feet

  • Color: brown or tan with wide, dark crossbands and a black tail








Diamondback water snake

  • Nonvenomous

  • Size: 2.5-4 feet

  • Color: black or dark brown with a diamond pattern down the back








Gulf Coast Ribbon snake

  • Nonvenomous

  • Size: 1.5-2.5 feet

  • Color: brown or olive brown with tan or yellow stripes down the back








Texas/Western Rat snake

  • Nonvenomous

  • Size: 5-7 feet

  • Color: gray, dark brown or reddish-brown, blotched patterns down the body








Eastern Hognose snake

  • Nonvenomous

  • Size: 20-30 inches

  • Color: tan to brown, blotched patterns down the body




By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.


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