Not only does this species have a preference for a niche habitat, it also has one of the most limited distributions of any snake in the United States.
Check out this story on gosanangelo. Occasionally, these darker spots are fused along the midline of the back, creating one oblong blotch rather than the customary two. However, here in west central Texas, unadulterated hatred is the most common term associated with a small, nondescript aquatic snake that makes its home in the shallow waters of the Concho and upper Colorado rivers. This federal listing affected how the water from the two river systems could and could not be used, meaning the snake had effectively slowed man's progress in this area of the country.
Read or Share this story: Please read the rules before joining the discussion. Unlike the other nine species of watersnakes that occur in Texas, which can survive in just about any body of permanent water, this unique species thrives in a niche habitat that consists of fast-flowing shallow water over small flat rocks devoid of vegetation.
The background coloration varies from brown to dark gray and is adorned with muted darker spots that are primarily circular on each side of the spine. Wild About Texas: Natural predators of the Concho water snake include king snakes, coachwhips, racers, raccoons, herons, hawks, and owls.
The head is narrow and elongated, and the pupils are round, characteristics that can easily separate this harmless species from the venomous Cottonmouth. Its lifespan is 4 to 5 years. The snakes have colonized artificial riffles that have been built to offset loss of natural habitat. Litters range from as few as four to as many as 29, although the average litter size is about 11.
Minnows red shiners and bullhead minnows , mosquitofish, channel and flathead catfish, gizzard shad, and sunfish make up the bulk of its diet. The Concho Watersnake is a unique treasure of the Concho Valley that deserves its place in the natural world, regardless of the politics that surrounded its existence.
In fact, it is rarely seen more than 10 feet from the edge of the shoreline that it calls home. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about.
A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Michael Price is owner of Wild About Texas, an educational company that specializes in venomous animal safety training, environmental consultations and ecotourism. Cancel Send. Despite all of the ballyhoo, this species of endemic serpent is still a unique treasure of the Concho Valley that deserves its place in the natural world, regardless of the decades of politics that surrounded its existence. Contact him at wildabouttexas gmail. Reservoir construction has flooded many miles of former stream habitat above the dams.
The combination of habitat selection and limited distribution has caused a political stir over the past three decades. In the heat of summer, the snakes are active primarily in the early morning and evening.
Spence Reservoir, and the Ballinger Municipal Lake. It has large dark reddish brown bands covering its body. Post to Facebook.