Window-shopping snake removed from downtown Cuero (video)

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  • COPPERHEAD SNAKE

  • Although not considered extremely venomous, the bite of a copperhead can cause damage and even death. This common snake accounts for the largest number of snake bites in the U.S. every year.

    SOURCE: copperhead-snake.com

CUERO - Kerilyn Wendel eased into the Main Street Kaffee Haus, calm as you please.

"Careful," she said to a customer who held the door open. Her sister, Brooke, followed close behind. "There's a snake out there."

Indeed there was - about a 3-foot-long snake in the doorway of the vacant office building adjacent to the coffee shop on Main Street in Cuero.

Seeing the snake didn't phase Kerilyn, 17, or Brooke, 10.

"It's just a snake. We see them every other day. It looked kind of like a rattlesnake," said Kerilyn, acknowledging she lives in the country.

Scott Sullivan and Donald Johnson of Cuero Animal Control removed the snake.

"It looks like it may have just eaten. I believe it's a copperhead," said Sullivan.

The snake was released back into the wild.

Based on looking at the photographs only, Wilfred Korth, chief ranger at Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir isn't convinced it's a copperhead.

"This looks like an Eastern milk snake, which is often misidentified as a copperhead snake," Korth said. "Or a prairie kingsnake, more likely since we are in its range; both are nonpoisonous."

Cuero Police Chief Jay Lewis said animal control gets few snake calls.

"We don't normally classify snakes separate from other animal calls, but Scott estimates we average about three per month. He recalls six since the rain," Lewis said.