Texas Residents on High Alert for Yellow Belly Water Snake Sightings
Texas residents have been warned to be on the lookout for yellow belly water snake sightings in their area. The yellow belly water snake, also known as the Nerodia erythrogaster, is a non-venomous species of snake that is native to the southeastern United States. It is typically found in freshwater habitats such as rivers, lakes, and swamps.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has issued a warning to residents about the potential presence of these snakes in their area. The TPWD has received reports of sightings of yellow belly water snakes in various parts of Texas, including Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas.
What You Need to Know About Yellow Belly Water Snakes
The yellow belly water snake is a medium-sized species that can grow up to four feet long. It has a distinctive yellow or orange stripe running down its back and sides. Its head is usually darker than its body and it has a black line running from its eye to its jawline.
These snakes are non-venomous and are not considered dangerous to humans or pets. They feed mainly on fish, frogs, tadpoles, and other aquatic animals. They are also known to eat small mammals such as mice and rats if they come across them while hunting for food.
What Should You Do If You See a Yellow Belly Water Snake?
If you see a yellow belly water snake in your area, it is important that you do not attempt to handle it or try to capture it yourself. These snakes can become aggressive if they feel threatened or cornered so it is best to leave them alone and observe from a safe distance.
If you believe that there may be an infestation of these snakes in your area then you should contact your local wildlife agency or animal control office for assistance with removal or relocation of the snakes if necessary. It is important that you do not attempt to remove them yourself as this could result in injury or death for both you and the snake.
Texas residents should be aware of the potential presence of yellow belly water snakes in their area and take appropriate precautions if they encounter one of these creatures while out exploring nature or enjoying outdoor activities such as fishing or swimming. Remember that these snakes are non-venomous but can become aggressive if they feel threatened so it is best to leave them alone and contact your local wildlife agency for assistance with removal or relocation if necessary.