Katy Snake Encounters on the Rise


June 2, 2020

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy continues to grow and expand, bringing residents and wildlife closer together. It's not surprising that many kinds of snakes call Katy home, including five that are venomous. And this time of year, they are all active. Last year venomous snake bites rose 33% and numbers continue to climb.

Bessy Gomez found a Water Moccasin or Cottonmouth at her Green Trails home. Photo credit: Bessy Gomez

Katy residents need to look out for snakes as they and their pets spend more time outside this summer. The greater Houston area has 34 different kinds of snakes. Of that number, about four are venomous and considered aggressive. If you see a snake, leave it alone or call Animal Control.

Katy Families Encounter Venomous Snakes

Last week, Bessy Gomez of Green Trails found a large snake in her yard. Since then the snake was identified by animal control as one of the most frequently seen venomous snakes either a water moccasin or cottonmouth .

Duke Silver, a miniature dachshund belonging to Frank and April Carroll, was bitten by a copperhead last week.

“We just held him and tried to keep him as calm as we could,” says April Carroll.

They took Duke to a veterinarian emergency room where he was treated with pain medication. The family then followed up with Duke's regular veterinarian.

Most Common Katy Snakes

Southern Copperhead

Venomous, Very Common, Aggressive