Snakes alive! It’s a big Nature Fest
Even the most ardent reptile fans might not have envisioned what species would be passionately defended Saturday in the showcase event of the fourth annual Milam County Nature Fest Saturday at Fair Park.
Fair play for coral snakes!
Tim Cole, owner of Austin reptile service, went to bat for one of Texas’s most famous venomous snakes during his presentation which packed the New Salem Clubhouse with more than 150 persons.
Cole told the groups that coral snakes have gotten a bad rap and that he didn’t like the “red and yellow, kill a fellow” that’s a part of many Texas children’s education.
“You’ve really got to work at being bit by a coral snake,” he said. “And even if you do, it’s rarely serious. In fact, no one has ever died from a coral snake bite in the state of Texas.”
He noted the two-foot-long reptiles don’t even have “injection fangs” like rattlers but must work to make their venom travel down a groove in the snake’s tooth.
Obviously, you still need to stay away from them, as you would any poisonous snake.
His presentation included live displays of more than a dozen snakes, to the delight on the audience, many of whom lingered af terwards to see some of Cole’s collection.
Snakes were the featured animal but there were plenty of other displays, including bees, butterf lies, crawdads feral hogs, backyard fishing, wildlife habitat improvement and children’s activities.
Winners from the Nature Fest photo contest are listed on page 6B.