Snakes with Bands

Venomous

Average adult size is 2-3'

These snakes have broad bands in alternating colors of copper and light tan. The juveniles have bright green or yellow tips to their tails used for caudal luring, which fades as they get older.

This snake is a master of camoflage- while in it's element, it is nearly impossible to spot.  Most bites from this snake are because they are accidentally stepped on or touched while working in the garden, raking leaves, etc.

One of this snakes' favorite foods is cicada, but they also feed on rodents, birds, and amphibians.

Venomous

Average adult size is 18-24"
This snake has red, yellow, and black bands encircling the body, with the red band adjacent the yellow band.  Although venomous, these snakes are extremely timid and are very quick to flee upon human contact.  They also have a hard time injecting venom into a human because of their small head and their short, fixed fangs.  Bites usually occur only on the hand on or between the fingers, and the snake has to chew in order to inject the venom. 

They are usually encountered by people gardening or weeding.  Wearing thick gloves is the safest way to avoid problems with the coral snake while gardening.  These snakes feed mainly upon other snakes and sometimes lizards, so they are attracted to yards landscaped with timbers or flagstones, since that tends to attract the other smaller snakes on which they can feed. 

There are NO recorded deaths related to Coral snake bites in the state of Texas.