Along the shoreline on Texas beaches, you might find clams, jellyfish, and plenty of seaweed and, oh yes, a giant diamond snake.
On Tuesday, a man who wanted to remain anonymous taped a video of a massive 6-foot, western diamond-backed rattlesnake that he spotted on Corpus Christi Beach near Bob Hall Pier. In the video, the snake looks like it’s ready to hit. Scott Cross, director of parks and coastal services for Nueces County, says this may be due to people being nearby. In a separate video, the snake slipped back into the dunes.
Check out the video he sent to a friend:
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Cross said rattlesnake spotting is not uncommon in the area as there is plenty of wildlife and snakes in the sand dunes along the bend of the coast. However, he noticed that the cold-blooded reptile most likely left the dunes to get some sun. Cross said the winter snow storm will likely cause the reptiles to become more active in the spring.
“It’s what they want to do,” he said. “They want out. They want to exercise and warm up. Rattlesnakes usually hibernate in winter and come out in spring.”
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When on the beach (according to Cross, most of the visitors are San Antonians, so be careful) he warns visitors to stay away from the dunes. There are no laws prohibiting you from being in the dunes, but officials strongly encourage people not to move where snakes might nest.
“They don’t know where they are and they live up there,” Cross said of the rattlesnakes. “The best you can do is not wander the dunes and you don’t have to worry about that.”
For those who encounter a rattlesnake, leave them alone and they will leave you alone, Cross said. He stressed not to provoke the reptiles, especially at this time of year, as their venom is strong after the winter season.
Among the dunes, Scott is said to be familiar with rat snakes, garden snakes, lizards and coyotes. At the moment, according to Cross, the bend in the coast even sees a problem with wild boar. If you see one, they’ll ask you to report it to the nearest park attendant or by calling (361) 826-2489.