Texas is famous for rattlesnakes. They're a part of our collective culture. However, they're not the only kind of snake we have in the Lone Star State. In fact, they're not even the most toxic.
What is the most toxic snake in Texas? You might be surprised.
Say Hello To The Coral Snake Of Texas
I was honestly surprised when I found this out. I always assumed that rattlesnakes were the biggest problem we face; and they are to an extent. A lot of that has to do with how common it is for us to hear of people seeing them, or coming across them while hiking, camping, or mowing their yard.
Their venom, though, isn't as toxic as that of the coral snake. The coral snakes of Texas have the second most toxic venom in the world.
So why don't we see signs warning about coral snakes like we do rattlesnakes?
Red Touch Yellow; Kill A Fellow
From information I've been able to gather about coral snakes, it's highly unlikely to get bit by one. It's also not that likely that you'll see one.
They're reclusive and like to hide. They tend to enjoy being out at night instead of during the day. Supposedly, they only bite as a last line of defense against a perceived threat. They'll usually just fart to try and scare away a predator.
Another problem the coral snake has is its venom delivery system. It's just not very good. It has short fangs that aren't really good at piercing through clothing or boots.
So, while the venom is deadly and incredibly toxic, you have low chances of ever finding yourself in a bad spot because you came across a coral snake.
Interestingly enough, I found one piece of information saying that its been since the 1960s since a death from a coral snake bite has been reported.