View Full Version : Past few months in East Texas

05-30-2007, 08:20 PM
Well as of a little more than three weeks ago I became a member of the white fang club. I can't say I was particularly thrilled to become a member though. As I was cleaning out my truck one night and walking to the dumpster with and arm full of trash I suddenly felt a tremendous stinging pain in my foot. It felt very similar that of a red wasp sting only much worse. I quickly looked around to see what I had stepped on only to see a small 5-6 inch Copperhead crawling off into the grass. I wish I had taken the time to catch the snake for photos later but I guess I had more important things to do. I immediately went to the house and took a few pictures of my foot.
This picture was taken about 30 seconds after the bite.
The pain quickly dissipated and other than the initial pain of the bite I had very little pain what so ever. I spent several minutes contemplating what to do before I eventually made the decision to go ahead and go to the hospital.
This picture was taken about 15 minutes after the bite. I still had no pain at this point.
They admitted me and hooked me up to an IV and gave me some Benadryl and antibiotics. They initially wanted to put ice on the bite to prevent swelling. I told them I didnít want any so they took it off. They monitored the swelling and thatís about it. It never did swell much after the first 2 hours of the bite.
This picture is about an hour afterwards.
And one from about three hours later.
They monitored me for about 5 hours and then sent me home. These are pictures from the following weekend abut 5 days later.
My foot swelled quite a bit over the weekend to the point to where I could not move my foot beneath my ankle.
The only time I was ever in any serious pain was when attempting to walk and when lowering my leg after having it elevated. Itís about 4 weeks later and my foot is still slightly swollen and still hurts to stand on for a long amount of time. The moral of the story is: Don't clean out your truck.

I decided to go ahead and go on the ETHS fieldtrip the following weekend. I just took it easy and let others find the herps. Here are a few herps that were collectively found by the herp society.
Crotalus horridus (Anderson County)
This Macrochelys was found in one of the Turtle traps we set out baited with road kill.
Sistrurus miliarius streckeri (Anderson County)
This was an exciting find for me as it makes the first and only milksnake I have found under tree and the first I have seen in this county.
Lampropeltis triangulum amaura (Nacogdoches County)
The racers have been making their presence known as of late. I am very fortunate to live in an area where there are so many unique looking racers.
First off a buttermilk Racer from Nacogdoches County. The ones from this area have a much bluer appearance and less spotting than the ones further south.
Coluber constrictor anthicus (Nacogdoches County)
Some cool looking intergrades from the Angelina National Forest.
And finally some Tan Racers. I have found a number of dor tans but that was never quite satisfactory. I was quite excited to flip this Tan Racer out near San Augustine, TX a few weeks ago.
This one is less intergrade looking and is more of what I was hoping to see. No matter how much I tried to pose this snake and work with, it would not show its head. I finally settled for some less than optimal pictures. It's not evident in this picture but the snake has some light black specks all over. It looked as if someone had sprinkled pepper on the snake.
Coluber constrictor etheridgei (Jasper County)
I've seen a number of dor TX Corn Snakes lately. This is one of only a handful of live ones from this year.
This Coral Snake was also found that weekend in the Sabine National Forest.
Micrurus tener (Sabine County)

A few weeks ago John_159 and I headed out to the coast to spend sometime flipping and walking the salt marshes for Nerodia clarkii. We got to the first spot right as it was getting warm and quickly flipped a few snakes before it was too hot. We first flipped an in the blue and uncooperative Speckled King snake followed by 2 Western Diamond Back Rattlesnakes. One of the Rattlesnakes bolted so we only got pictures of one.
Crotalus atrox (Brazoria County)
We then spent sometime walking marshes for clarkii and were unsuccessful in turning any up. We killed time doing some day time rd cruising waiting for dusk to approach. When night came we hit the roads.
We found a number of the common stuff like cottonmouths and the usual Nerodia. But this was the last snake I was expecting to see considering I have seen Salt Marsh Snakes on the same road. My flashlight died while cruising so I opted just for some in cooler shots.
This was the only quality live snake found while cruising further up the TX coast a few nights ago.
Regina rigida sinicola (Chambers County)
I flipped this nice looking Speckled King snake while going through some trash piles in Polk County last week. This would have been a county record had I realized it at the time and held onto the snake.
Lampropeltis getula holbrooki (Polk County)
Last week I met up with John_159 and Tom Sinclair to do a little flipping in the College Station area. The first herp found was this Micrurus at the bottom of a large stack of tin.
This snake was no different than most Corals and would not cooperate for photographs. It held this position long enough for me to get one picture before it spazzed out again. This was among one of the prettier Coral Snakes I have seen.
Micrurus tener (Brazos County)
We tried a few more spots not finding anything before John flipped this Speckled Kingsnake. Itís always nice to see these in new counties.
Lampropeltis getula holbrooki (Brazos County)
This Copperhead was also found not too long after. This was a very large Copperhead for the area at over three feet.
We found a number of TX Rat Snakes, Coachwhips and another Speckled Kingsnake throughout the day that I decided not to get pictures of. Road cruising through the Sam Houston National Forest that night resulted in only a dor Canebrake Rattle Snake and a Blotched Water Snake.
The following Thursday John and I along with a few folks from A&M headed out to flip on the Katy prairie. Not much was found as it warmed up quickly. We did find this Western Coachwhip. This was a very welcomed find as I grew up herping Harris County and never managed to find a Coachwhip there.
Masticophis flagellum flagellum (Harris County)
John and I parted ways with the other guys and hit a few more flipping spots on the way back to Houston. We stopped at a new spot I had found a few weeks before. We flipped 3 Virginia striatula and 6 Mississippi Ringneck Snakes. This is a pretty good haul in Ringnecks for the Houston area. This is biggest Mississippi Ring Neck I have found at just over 15 inches.
Diadophis punctatus stictogenys (Harris County)
At the next spot we found this juvenile Prairie King Snake. This was a nice find as this board spot is located with in an extremely small lot in a warehouse district in the area.
Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster (Harris County)
Here are a few Cemophora from extreme East Texas in the Sabine National Forest. Iíve wanted to see these snakes with in the state for a long time. I've previously only seen a single aor in the Apalachicola National Forest. Obviously finding them with in the state is a bit more satisfying. Here is one from last weekend.
Cemophora coccinea (Sabine County)
And one from this weekend.
Cemophora coccinea (Sabine County)
If I could only find there relatives down further south now. This should prove much more difficult and time consuming.
And some Cemophora habitat
This TX Corn Snake was also found this past weekend.
Pantherophis slowinski (Angelina County)
This was the first Hog Nose I have seen from Angelina County. Itís a bit more attractive than the usual drab colored individuals I typically come across.
Every time I tried to move the pine needle out of the way he began to role over and feign death.
Heterodon Platyrhinos (Angelina County)
Last Friday as I was making my way back from Houston to Nacogdoches I decided to try a little rd cruising. As I neared town I turned off onto a county road that goes through a decent size hardwood swamp. I was specifically hoping to pick a Mud Snake up off the road. About 15 seconds after turning onto the road this snake was spotted sitting on the side of the road. While I have seen many dors this is only the third live Farancia I have found. Since I wasnít really planning on cruising long I collected the snake and called it a night. It's always nice when a plan works out.
farancia abacura reinwardtia (Nacogdoches County)
And of course the only thing that could top my first Pituophis ruthveni is a second one.

Thatís it for now.
Later, Scott

05-31-2007, 01:26 AM
Awesome pics. Maybe wear shoes next time....

05-31-2007, 11:51 PM
I was in sandals. No more than 20 feet from my back door. Was def an unpleasant experience.


06-01-2007, 12:16 AM
Very Nice Snakes, need to get out some more, moving is a pain (especially moving reptiles :roll: )

Glad your bite didn't get to serious

06-01-2007, 01:43 AM
Outstanding snake photos and thanks for sharing the bite photos along with the progression.