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Thanks for having such a detailed and helpful webpage.
A neighbor rang my doorbell this morning to alert me that she sighted a snake crossing the street and entering my yard. By the time I got there, it had begun climbing and elm tree. It was quite large and I at first mistook it for a venomous snake, especially when it began vibrating the tip of its tail, much like a rattler.
I was able to look it up on your page and found out it is a beneficial rat snake. I will now forward this info on to her. We have had eastern coral snakes in our neighborhood and some people here are "snake phobic." Hopefully the information you provide will help prevent needless killing of snakes out of fear.
Hello Mr. Cole,
Tim, I am sure I speak for a lot of kiddos and their parents when I say "It was great!" Your presentation on Texas snakes was not only fun, it was so educational as well. I learned a lot myself, and several parents expressed appreciation for the great info. Yes, those urban legends and myths have not served us well, and it was refreshing to hear the truth about those mostly-benign creatures.
I just wanted to write a quick word of thanks to you for having such a wonderful resource available online. I live in NW Austin, and this morning I was out in my yard with my dogs when I saw a "huge" snake lying in the grass. I gathered up the dogs, shooed them inside, and immediately ran to the computer to google "texas snake identification." The Austin Reptile Service was the very first website I went to, and it couldn't have been more helpful. I was so relieved to not only find the exact type of snake I was looking for, but I also found out that it was harmless to my pets. It was a red-striped ribbon snake about 2 feet long, and he's probably been having a grand time eating all of the frogs that we've been seeing around our neighborhood lately.
At any rate, thank you so much for having such a high-quality website available to educate Austinites.
Have a wonderful day,
Tim, Thank you for your wonderful website. It helped us to identify a small Texas rat snake that was in our mailbox. I am bookmarking your site for future use and will tell others about it too. Thanks again.
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