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Friends of Hagerman NWR
Friends of Hagerman NWR Foundation is a 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to instill reverence, respect and conservation of our wild creatures and habitats through supporting environmental education, recreational activities, and programs of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Snakes are a very important part of the natural ecosystem and play a critical role in the balance of nature. Small snakes feed on many harmful bugs and insects while larger ones eat rats, mice, and other rodents that can destroy crops or damage property by chewing. Without snakes, the world would literally be completely overrun by rodents! Snakes also serve as a food source for larger predators such as hawks, owls, herons, and carnivores including bobcats and coyotes. On occasion, some snakes will even consume other snakes.

As with any relationship, it’s all about respect. A snake doesn't want to be any closer to you than you do to it. Learn to identify poisonous snakes and keep your distance – enjoying the view from afar.

Although in general, snakes are considered non-game wildlife in Texas, and are not protected by law, Refuge Manager Kathy Whaley points out that it is unlawful to capture any species of wildlife on public lands without a permit, or along roadways and road edges. On the Refuge, snakes, like other wildlife, are protected, and no wildlife, including snakes, may be captured without a Special Use Permit issued by the Refuge Manager. Permits are issued on a very limited basis for scientific research only.

In addition, protected species of wildlife may not be captured or possessed without a special permit from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Texas law protects 12 species of snakes which are considered to be threatened with or in imminent danger of extinction of local populations, or of the species as a whole. These threatened and endangered species are protected by law from hunting or harassment. Click for the list. 

Since 2008, a permit from Texas Parks and Wildlife has been required for the sale, transport or recreational ownership of exotic snakes  Exotics include venomous snakes not native to Texas, several species of python, and one species of anaconda. Releasing these snakes into the wild is also prohibited.

Finally, It is illegal to release any type of wild or domestic animal on a National Wildlife Refuge. The reason for this is to make sure that animals not native to the area are not introduced to possibly start a population (such as what happened in the Florida Everglades with pythons). The other important reason is that wild animals brought in from another location can transmit diseases such as rabies, distemper, or hemorrhagic disease to previously healthy Refuge wildlife.

Click here for a list of reptile and amphibian species found at Hagerman NWR.

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Lake Texoma Weather Forecast


Partly Sunny

Hi: 61

Tuesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 41


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 68

Wednesday Night

Mostly Clear

Lo: 51


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 74

Thursday Night

Partly Cloudy

Lo: 58


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 76

Friday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 63

Lake Texoma Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 3/20: 616.67 (-0.33)

Lake Texoma Fishing Report from TPWD (Mar. 14)

Water lightly stained; 57–60 degrees; 0.89’ high. Black bass are good on Texas rigged craws, medium crankbaits and shakyhead worms. Crappie are good on minnows and jigs on brush piles. Striped bass are good on slabs. Catfish are fair on trotlines.

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