Are There Rattlesnakes in Big Bend National Park?

Big Bend National Park has gained popularity worldwide for its mesmerizing beauty and amazing blessings of nature. People find it the best place to visit in Texas with friends and family. However, due to the remote location, it caters only around 350000 people all over the year.

There is no doubt to say that Big Bend National Park is the home to millions of unique species of wildlife creatures, plants, and birds. And one cannot deny the fact that the list includes rattlesnakes as well. Note that, there are 31 different species of snakes in the largest park of Texas, out of which 4 are rattlesnakes. Here is video proof:

Other than this, you may also find hypothetical reporting of three more species of snakes in the area; however, their sightings are not yet confirmed with any solid proof.

The snakes are more active in the area during the summer season, and the cases of sightings may increase. Visitors need to know that all types of snakes are protected in this park; you should not harm or disturb them.

Some of the most commonly seen snakes in this park are western coachwhip or red racer. Probably, it is just because this snake is easier to observe due to its reddish-pink color. These snakes are large enough in size and may strength across the entire lane on the park roads.

As already discussed, there are four different rattlesnake species in the park. The most common among them is western diamondback. As many other snakes can be also observed to have a diamond pattern on their back; you can identify this rattlesnake from while and black rings on its tail. It is more common to observe the blacktail rattlesnakes in the mountains as well as in the deserts of the Big Bend National Park. These large snakes can be easily identified due to their solid lack tail and green color on the body. The rock rattlesnakes generally rely on the protective coloration; they do not rattle until they are provoked by others.

The park has two color phases: the grayish phase is more common in the low desert areas with gray and white limestone predominates. The second phase is the maroon phase that can be observed in the Chisos Mountains with reddish-brown rocks. Visitors have reported least sightings of Mojave Rattlesnakes; they are generally identified from their greenish tint and altering pattern of wide white bands along with narrow black bands on their tail.

Other than this, the park also has some Bullsnakes that are flathead and heavy-bodied. Some people find them almost the same as rattlesnakes, but in actual they are different types of snakes. Note that, if you threaten or disturb these snakes, they may hiss and shake their tail. If you observe this kind of activity, it is better to run away because the remaining effect is almost the same as rattlesnakes. Patchnose snakes are also available on the desert and mountains.

In order to enjoy a safe hike in the park, stay aware of your surroundings. It is good to plan your visit in the spring or fall season for enhanced safety.

Cute snake pics.

1 thought on “Are There Rattlesnakes in Big Bend National Park?”

  1. Spring time is the best opportunity to see snakes. The snakes are coming out of hibernation and head right for water and food. Also because it is still cool out the snakes are most active during the day time where as during the hot Summer months they are most active at night.

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