Galveston Island is home to a number of snake species!
Some of them are Venomous!
If you are bitten by a venomous snake seek medical treatment.
Visit the TPWD Snake Safety webpage.
An Identification guide to snakes of southeast Texas
Snakes serve a valuable function in the environment. Please do not kill a snake - even a venomous one. Snakes do not prey on humans and they will not chase you, in fact they usually retreat or escape if given the opportunity. The danger comes when they are either surprised or cornered. The majority of bites result from people taking unnecessary or foolish risks with venomous snakes. Freeze when snakes are known to be nearby until you know where they are. Allow the snake to retreat. If you must move, back slowly and carefully away from the snake.
The Animal Services Unit will respond to pick up snakes that have found their way into the living area of of your home or are a threat to the safety of the public.
Snakes belong in the wild and we will not respond to remove snakes from the wild.