Non-Venomous Snakes

Non-Venomous Snakes - Non-Venomous Snakes are harmless to humans. They kill their prey in various ways. Some constrict their prey, some press it to the ground or chew it to kill it and some just catch and swallow their prey alive. Their defenses vary as well, some will musk (deficate), some will squirm wildly, some mimic more dangerous snakes in an attempt to bluff would-be predators and most will bite. A bite by the smaller species can hardly be felt and will not break the skin. Bites from the larger species like the Gopher Snake, Rat Snakes and Coachwhip can be a painful experience, although not life threatening. Click on any of the snake's names for more information.

Big Bend or New Mexico Milk Snake (L.t. celaenops)

Central Texas ( M. t. girardi ) and Desert Striped ( M. t. taeniatus )Whipsnakes

Checkered Garter Snake (T. marcianus)

Desert Kingsnake (L. g. Splendida) 

  Gray-Banded Kingsnake (L. alterna)

Great Plains (Emory's) Rat Snake (E. g. emoryi) 

Ground Snake (Sonora semiannulatta)

Kansas Glossy Snake (A. e. elegans)

Sonoran Gopher Snake (P. c. affinis)  

Southwestern Blackhead Snake (T. hobartsmithi)

Texas Long nosed Snake (R. l. tessellatus)  

Texas Patch-nosed Snake (S. g. lineata)

Trans-Pecos Blind Snake (L. h. segregus)

Trans-Pecos Rat Snake (B. Subocularis) 

  Western Coachwhip (M. f. testaceus)  

  Western Hook-nosed Snake (G. canum)