Nature

Slithering Neighbors - Dealing With The Types of Snakes That Might Live Near You



Houston is a huge modern metropolis and sometimes it's difficult to remember that the city was originally founded on the banks of the bayou systems winding through town, and that despite all of the concrete, highways, and huge buildings, wildlife is still living throughout the area. While residents of greater Houston are likely to encounter furry creatures like possums and raccoons foraging through their garbage, there are well over 100 varieties of snakes in Texas, and 34 that make this part of Texas home. Anyone who spends a few years living in Houston or the surrounding area is likely to encounter at least one of them at some point.

To some people that's just one of the things they accept about living here. Like mosquitos and hot summers, snakes just go with the territory, but to others, the idea of running into a member of the local serpent population while landscaping their yard is an alarming proposition.

The bad news is that there are four species of venomous snakes in the United States, and the Greater Houston area is home to all of them. The good news is that not all of them are common, and encountering some of them in town would be extremely rare.

There are small burrowing snakes that one might occasionally find in their garden, and also woodland and water snakes. Common varieties a person living in the Greater Houston area might encounter in their yard are Rat Snakes, Kingsnakes, the Eastern Hognose, the Rough Green Snake, and Garter Snakes. Those folks living near bodies of water, which in Houston is a lot of us, might also spot the Broad Banded Water Snake, the Diamondback Water Snake, and several other kinds of non venomous snakes living in or in the water.


Since Houston and the surrounding area is home to so many non venomous snake varieties, it's beyond the scope of this article to identify them all. It is probably more effective to identify the venomous snakes that make a home in the this part of Texas, and learn how to avoid contact with them.

Lets look at some of the venomous snakes a person living in the Greater Houston area might stumble across.


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Chris Lane is a contributing writer who enjoys covering art, music, pop culture, and social issues.