Wildflower Season
1:54 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Snakes or No Snakes, Safety Tips for Texas Bluebonnet Pictures

With spring in full swing, it's time for wildflower pictures – including photos among Texas' iconic state flower, the bluebonnet.

But something's taking the bloom off this wildflower season: images of snakes among the flowers.

An expert says this snake's neck position is a sign it's stuffed - not alive.
Credit ksat.com

San Antonio's KSAT-TV recently fielded a report on a viral image of a snake among a field of bluebonnets. And on the Austin Reddit page, there's an equally frightening image of a snake lying in wait.

Both images are questionable: an expert tells KSAT-TV that the snake is probably a dead, taxidermied animal. And an Austin Redditor notes that the other image of a separate snake is several years old – and can even be found in a discussion on a popular site debunking urban legends.

That said, Texas Department of Public Safety officials have some safety reminders for anyone interested in posing with and picking bluebonnets:

  • That's right, it's legal to pick 'em:

Contrary to some beliefs, there is no law against picking wildflowers – not even bluebonnets. But there are laws against damaging or destroying rights-of-way or government property. So picking a few flowers may be okay, but don’t dig up clumps of flower-laden ground or drive onto fields.

  • Obey basic vehicle safety:

If you pull over along a roadway, make it an area without heavy traffic and be careful not to cross traffic lanes on foot. Don't trespass on private property.

  • And it should go without saying:

Check the area for critters including snakes and fire ants before you take your picture. 

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