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Old 02-26-2007, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Texas
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As a Texan, I myself dont know the answer to this, but would like to know. The reason I ask, is that I am only familiar with two parts of Texas....the North Central (Wichita Falls area) and DFW, both areas where I have spent the majority of my life, and also South Texas (where I have been since Oct). I do know that there are LOTS more down here, and bigger, and it freaks me out big time. Almost afraid to let my dogs out. In North Texas, I didnt see TOO many, though I did have to shoot a few every now and then, and bring my dogs to the vet for rattle snake bites.........
but come October of this year or next year, I am going to move somewhere in Texas (dont know where, but I do know it will DEFINITELY be somewhere NORTH or WEST of San Antonio, but no further north or east than Killeen, and anywhere in West Texas or Panhandle is definitely game....so basically i am going to live in the western or northern edge of Hill Country or West Texas or Panhandle, or possibly Killeen area which is last choice.
Snakes is a BIG issue with me. I am petrified of them but love spending time outdoors, love hunting, and love my dogs and spending time outdoors with my dogs.
Thanks for any info or at least leading me in the right direction.
And dont tell me about "good snakes", to me there is no such thing.
I am alone with no hubby or family..just me and my guns and dogs and have to defend myself, so this is a BIG issue with me.
Gosh I love Texas with all my heart and soul. If there were no snakes in this state, it would be 100 percent PARADISE.
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Old 02-26-2007, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Wow, don't know what area has the fewest snakes....there really aren't very many in the city (Austin) but I know there are some in the more rural areas. I think you have picked a fairly low snake frequency area with your description of possible destinations. The coastal area and east Texas probably have the most. After that, it is kind of even, I suppose. Near central Texas, the cottonmouths are probably more common, but as you go west, I would think that gives way to rattlesnakes. I would guess that west Texas has fewer total snakes, but the ones they do have would be rattlers.

I could be wrong, I am just going off personal experience and some idea of habitats .
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Apple Valley, Ca
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bellestaroftexas, That is how I feel also. I was thinking about my dogs. How they just run out the door with no fear. Moving to Texas would mean that I would be on edge all the time.

I have changed my mind about East Texas and not only because of the snakes. I hear the weather is better near the Hill Country. Lots of people have talked about Kerrville being a good place to retire.

I have heard their are snakes there too. Depends on what part to buy in. We want 3 or 4 acres so that would mean out in the Country somewhere.

Sorry I don't have the answer to your question but maybe we will both get it here.
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Bound for Texas...on another forum i am active on, it seems like the Panhandle and West Texas would have the least....
I agree about staying away from East Texas-too swampy and humid and green and foresty..you would have more snakes. South Texas-just too tropical.
Hill Country and North Central Texas...happy mediums.
I am glad to hear from another dog lover. what kind of dogs do you have? what kind of work are you going to do, and where are you moving from?
Kerrville is a great choice. Blanco would be too!
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Sigh....Texas has snakes...everywhere. They are part of the ecosystem. Most are non-venomous. Dogs have a better tolerance than humans, for the most part, to the venom. Our dogs were bitten twice by water moccasins when we were kids, and they were fine after an anti-inflammatory shot from the vet.

My folks live out in the hill country (very rural area), and have not seen a snake in years. They own dogs (4), which have never been bitten. Really, I would not chose where to live based on snakes, since you can live in a very urban area and see them (I saw a ~4 foot rat snake in northwest Austin once) or live in a rural area and never cross paths. It really isn't like they are running (slithering?) around in packs. They are very good at avoiding humans.
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