Be Wildlife Smart in Greater Houston

The Greater Houston Region is one of the most biologically rich areas of the United States. It is also home to flora and fauna which occasionally pose a threat to human health and safety. 


  • Plants
    • Poison Ivy
    • Stinging Nettle
    • Carolina Jessamine - Jessamine is a commonly used native vine in the South. All parts of this plant are very poisonous. Additionally, Jessamine sap may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. Prevent children from handling this flower or trying to suck out nectar. Read more from Clemson's Cooperative Extension about this plant. 
  • Beehives
  • Snakes
    • Identify local snakes
      • Snakes of Southeast Texas by Clint Pustejovsky. An excellent laminated guide to local snakes from Clint "The Snake Man" - a local snake expert.
      • Snakes of Texas by John Werler, James Dixon, and Regina Levoy. The bible of Texas snakes. Provides great depth and background.
    • Bitten by a suspected venomous snake
      • Call 911
      • Do not
        • Cut the bitten area and/or try to suck the venom out
        • Do not try to catch the snake. If you can take a photo safely do so.
      • Learn about Texas venomous snakes and what to do if bitten by one
        • Click here (information from Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.)
  • Spiders
  • Bats
    • If you see one to a few bats contact BARC at 311.
    • Getting rid of a colony in your home or building: Contact a reputable wildlife removal service. Here is one trusted company.
    • See the Waugh Street Bat Colony and learn about local bats
  • Alligators
  • Potentially Rabid Wildlife
  • Managing your Land for Wildlife or Urban Coyote Issues
    • Contact the Houston Urban Biologists at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
      • Kelly Norrid,, (281) 456-7029 
      • Diana Foss,, (281) 456-7029