It’s finally here. It’s Spring which means warm temperatures. It also means beautiful wild flowers especially the Bluebonnets, the Texas State flower in full bloom.
I love this time of year seeing the fields of Bluebonnets just about everywhere I travel within Texas. It’s also a great time to snap photos of your loved ones nestled within these patches of Bluebonnets along the roadways and hill country side. But remember you are out in nature walking and sitting among this beautiful wild flower where creatures such as fire ants and even snakes like to make home.
In 2003, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department released an article stating that a local game warden discovered an unknown species of snake that had the appearance of a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake but with blue diamonds. After a full examination by the Texas Identification and Taxonomy Association (TITA), they concluded that this species of snake was actually the first of its kind. They further stated that It has all of the characteristics of the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake except with blue diamonds instead of black ones. They believe the snake’s skin changed color over time by living among fields of Bluebonnets and consuming mice and rats that ate the Bluebonnet petals. They named it, Crotalus Lupinus, or The Texas Bluebonnet Rattlesnake. So, beware as you walk through a patch or field of our beautiful state wild flowers searching for that picture perfect spot as there have been several sightings of this new type of poisonous snake. Just kidding, April Fools! But seriously, be cautious as fire ants and snakes have been found.