‘Something is a little different about this’: Rare rattlesnake found in Kerr County

The last time one of these snakes appeared was nearly five years ago

Generic image of a rattlesnake. (Pixabay)

KERR COUNTY, Texas – A rare rattlesnake slithered its way into Kerr County recently and the last time one of them was found was nearly five years ago.

The Kerr & Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Areas - Texas Parks and Wildlife posted on Facebook on Sept. 15 that an ornate/eastern black-tailed rattlesnake was found near the Hunt, Texas.

“...Anyone can immediately see that something is a little different about this rattlesnake,” TPWD officials said. “That’s because it is not a diamondback, but an ornate/eastern black-tailed rattlesnake (Crotalus ornatus).”

These rattlesnakes may range in color from gray, olive or tan with dark gray, brown or black rhombic patterns, according to The Rattlesnake Conservancy. They also have a “distinctive black eyebrow” on their faces.

If you do happen to encounter one, TPWD said these rattlesnakes are more docile than others and have “less toxic venom” than the diamondback rattlesnakes. They primarily prey on rodents.

The last time one of these rattlesnakes was found in Hunt was Nov. 17. 2018 in the 2200 block of FM 1340, according to iNaturalist, a nature website.

KSAT has reached out to TPWD officials for more details on these rattlesnakes.

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About the Author:

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.