East Texans standing ground against sneaky snake invasion

Gordon Henley, Ellen Trout Zoo Director
Gordon Henley, Ellen Trout Zoo Director
Steven Bryant uses tools to get snakes
Steven Bryant uses tools to get snakes

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Over the weekend, two snakes were caught trying to check into a couple of Nacogdoches hotels.

It goes without saying they aren't welcomed guests.

"He just came out and was sitting over there," points hotel manager Vijay Cheytn.

Cheytn, not wanting to kill the creepy crawler, called the animal shelter instead.

He had all the right tools to carry the harmless rat or sometimes called chicken snake to a more suitable habitat.

"I don't see anything that can be safe about anything that slithers," said Steven Bryant, animal control officer, "We'll put them either in a bucket, a 5 gallon bucket comes in handy or in a pillow case."

Most of us prefer a pane of glass between us and the snake, so the Ellen Trout Zoo is the place to view and learn about East Texas snakes.

Zoo director Gordon Henley says most of the snakes we see are non poisonous. It's the ones that are venomous you got to watch out for.

"In this area we have approximately 44 different species of snakes. Five of those are venomous. The five venomous ones are the coral snake, the copperhead, cottonmouth, pygmy rattlesnake and the caneback rattlesnake or the timber rattlesnake. They're both the same," said Henley.

Lakes, woods and river bottoms are where you'll find snakes in their habitat.

They're out seeking a mate and food.

"If you just leave, they're going to go their own way," said Henley, "If you have to do something with the snake, then don't do it with your hands. Move it with something else."

And by chance, should you get bitten, seek medical attention immediately.

The Ellen Trout Zoo thinks it's important for people to learn about the snakes of East Texas.

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