It was winter when I first discovered the Tandy Hills trails. The cold time of the year. As in too cold for reptiles to slither about.
That following Spring, as the air began to warm up, I began to be concerned about possible rattlesnake, copperhead and cottonmouth encounters.
I had already had snake encounters at River Legacy Park, Cedar Hills State Park, various locations around Lake Grapevine and Village Creek Natural Historic Area.
Tandy Hills seemed to be just as wild as the other places I'd shared space with a snake.
So, I emailed Don Young and asked about the Tandy Hills snake status. DY told me that the only snake he'd seen was in the beak, I think, of a hawk. I felt re-assured.
I have now hiked on the Tandy Hills for years, doesn't matter if it is 110 or 20, I do my hiking. And in all that time I never saw a snake.
I'm talking about that green monster you see in the picture above. It'd taken up residence on the newly plowed Tandy Highway.
This seemed to be a rather passive, friendly snake. It helped that it was colored such a nice, non-aggressive shade of green. It did not seem to mind that I got fairly close to it to take pictures. This activated no slithering. However, an hour later, when I passed that way again, the snake was gone.
Maybe it'd become hawk food.