Snake Safety

Snakes are an integral part of the ecosystem. As predators, they are responsible for maintaining the balance of nature by helping to keep populations of their prey in check - everything from earthworms to rodents. Snakes do not prey on humans and they will not chase you. They prefer to retreat or escape if given the opportunity. The danger comes when they are either surprised or cornered. It is best to freeze when you see a snake and allow the snake to retreat. If you must move, back away slowly and carefully away from the snake.

These are the snakes most likely encountered in the area:

  • Broad Banded Water Snake
  • Diamond Back Water Snake
  • Yellow-bellied Water Snake
  • Garter Snake
  • *Water Moccasin - Venomous. A normally shy snake, known for its white cottony looking inner mouth. Identified by the raccoon mask or dark stripe that goes across its eye.
  • *Coral Snake - Venomous. Red touch yellow, kill a fellow. A beautiful snake that is nocturnal. This snake has a very small mouth and must “chew” on a prey item to dispense venom. It likes to burrow and prefers loose wet mulch.

Unfortunately, there is no quick and easy criterion a person can use to tell a venomous snake from a harmless one. Don’t let the fear of snakes ruin your enjoyment of the outdoors. Being careful, alert and knowledgeable about snakes is the best way to avoid encounters with them.

If you have other snake questions you can call Animal Services at 281-275-ADOG (2364).

Photos - Local Snakes