Got a Snake?

Contact information:

Ben Ploetz
512-777-8537 (Cell)


Q. What types of snakes can we expect to find in and around Teravista? Which ones are venomous?

A. There are several types of snakes found in our community: Intergrade Kingsnake (Speckled/Desert King Intergrade), Diamondback Water Snake, Blotched Water Snake, Western Coachwhip and the venomous Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. There has been one sighting of aTexas Coral Snake which is also venomous but they are very reclusive and unlikely to return. Realizing that there is a risk that rattlesnakes may wander into our backyards, it’s important that we give them the least optimal conditions for them to stick around.  One of the most effective ways of doing this is to allow harmless snakes that share the same food-source to remain present.  Snakes have basic needs – water, food, shelter, and provided they are old enough in the spring – a mate.  By eliminating any of these items, snakes that wander into the neighborhood will not have a reason to stay. Since rattlesnakes share the same primary food source (rodents) as other snakes in the neighborhood (Texas rat snakes) leaving harmless snakes will help to eliminate the food rattlesnakes depend on for survival.

Q. What should we do if we spot a snake on or around our property?

A. If you can identify the snake as a harmless snake, leave it alone.  Feel free to watch it from a distance as snakes are fascinating creatures to observe.   If the snake is somewhere that needs to be removed, such as a garage, call us to remove it. If you can’t identify the snake as harmless or identify it as a venomous snake, step away slowly, keep a good distance and call us (contact information above). Provided we are available we will arrive ASAP so that we can safely identify and if venomous remove the snake.  Please try to keep track of where the snake is until we arrive.

Q. What do you do with the snakes that are captured?

A. Any venomous snakes that we remove are given to Tim Cole with Austin Reptile Service who takes care of them until he is able to deliver them to the Kentucky Reptile Zoo.  The zoo cares for them and extracts venom periodically for the use of making antivenin.

- Interview with former Teravista resident and snake handler, Shane Delon.