It's snake season in Texoma
GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas (KTEN) — Tall grass and rocky areas are prime habitats for the wide variety of snakes that inhabit Texoma.
"If you can think about it, anywhere you'll find a prey item, you'll find a snake," said Grayson County AgriLife agent Chad Cummings.
Texoma is home to many species of venomous and non-venomous snakes. The most common venomous snakes here are copperheads, cottonmouths, and rattlesnakes.
Snake sightings tend to increase during the summer, and if you do see one, don't panic; they're more likely to try to get away from you than bite you... as long as you give them some space.
"You know, a lot of people think any snake is venomous. That's not entirely true," said Corps of Engineers natural resources specialist Jeremy Harvey. "But if you do see a snake, the most logical thing to do is avoid the snake, and if you see a ranger out there, notify them."
But if you are bitten by a snake, seek medical attention immediately.
"And definitely see if you can identify the snake," Cummings added. "If you can't, at least be able to get a good idea of what the snake looks like, and that will help the medical professionals know what kind of anti-venom to utilize in that situation."