If you happen upon an injured wild animal call TWRC Wildlife Center at 713.468.8972 for help. Texas is home to two different types of box turtles, the Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornate ornate) and the Eastern or Three-toed Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis), A sub-species of the ornate turtle lives in Trans-Pecos west to eastern Arizona and south into Mexico is called the Western Ornate Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola). The Houston Zoo is one of only a few institutions to breed this species and we are very excited to welcome three new babies! A more complete list of wild animals in and around the Houston area includes: The top 5 of this list are of special concern due to their high risk of rabies. Check their website at www.twrcwildlifecenter.org for more information, hours of operation and their location. If you currently have bees on your property or in surrounding areas please contact the Harris County Beekeepers Association. Raccoons are a high rabies risk and can become highly aggressive when cornered. They are carnivores, whose diet consists of mice, rabbits, deer fawns, birds and various invertebrates. Bobcats naturally walk creeks, ditches, bayous and fields looking for water and food and may wander into populated living areas in doing so. If you see a turtle in danger (in the road), and you can safely get to it, try to coax it off the roadway with a stick and keep them in the direction they were going. (b)  It is a defense to prosecution under this section that: (1)  The animal was unlawfully running at large upon property under the possession or control of the person catching it; (2)  The animal was caught and held in a humane manner; and. They are, as are all wild animals, attracted to pet food. Diseases such as rabies can have extremely long incubation periods that can last several weeks or even several months. It is urged that you make a report whenever you come across a box turtle. These are bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes and coyotes. They are the Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin), Copperhead, Coral Snakes, and the occasional Rattlesnake. Suburbs continue to expand into what used to be marshland and bayous which is home to these reptiles. Do not attempt to touch, feed or capture the animal. Any shelter that seems good for nesting and raising a family will appeal to a skunk. Periods of extreme weather conditions such as drought or heavy rains can also prompt alligators to roam in search of new, more ideal living conditions. Coyotes Opossums are low risk for rabies due to their unique low blood temperature. Adult possums are typically about two feet long and about ten pounds. Move family and pets into a safe and secure area. Even within concrete urban areas you may stumble upon a raccoon trying to get into a garbage can, an opossum walking down a neighborhood street, bats flying low at an evening ballgame, even the occasional alligator can be spotted quietly gliding down a bayou with no regard for the traffic speeding over the bridge above. The following link provides printable forms, on-line forms, contact phone numbers and brief descriptions of what you are looking for. Box Turtles are a familiar site in and around Houston. It is also the law. Bobcats We promise never to spam you! © 2020 Houston Zoo, all rights reserved. Foxes can range in color from grayish and rust red, even to a flame red but are usually reddish-brown. If you do have bird baths or fountains in your yard make sure to keep them exceptionally clean and free of mold and fungus. One wild animal with distemper can infect everyone else that frequents the source. If you see an uninjured turtle, leave it alone. Their diet consists mainly of birds and small mammals. Alligators are most active in the spring when they are searching for new territory to mate and reproduce. Anyone who sees a bobcat behaving strangely should report the activity to 311.Bobcats are most active around sunset and sunrise. We’ll get into the differences in a minute, but their decline in number as alerted Texas Parks and Wildlife. Never touch a turtle without gloves. Skunks can be found living in crawlspaces, under front and rear porches, patios and basements in homes and businesses in and around Houston. Keep any potential entry points or vents in porches, overhangs and crawl spaces covered to prevent entry. Ensure that your outdoor trashcan lids are tightly sealed and make sure the garbage inside is securely bagged and tied to reduce odor. Feed your pets indoors and keep pet food well sealed in a secured area. They are highly adaptable and almost acrobatic in the way they get into tempting spaces. Privacy Policy, Share via Facebook: Endangered Keeled Box Turtle Babies, Share via Twitter: Endangered Keeled Box Turtle Babies, Share via Linkedin: Endangered Keeled Box Turtle Babies, Share via Email: Endangered Keeled Box Turtle Babies, the Houston Zoo is saving animals in the wild. This means that females have a pouch on the belly where the young, up to 13, are carried and nourished for a time after their birth. Skunks are omnivorous but they mainly eat insects, grubs, small rodents, small birds, fruit, and dog and cat food. External parasites such as ticks and fleas transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, bubonic plague, and other serious diseases. keep the bitten area lower than the heart, seek medical attention as soon as possible, Call 1.800.222.1222 for anti-venom  information, Never feed an alligator or allow it to get food, Keep a safe distance from gators of at least 20 feet or more, Keep your pets on a leash or in a penned enclosure, Don’t get too close to or swim in areas where alligators are commonly observed, Never approach an alligator nest or a pod of young alligators that a female alligator may be guarding. Keep garbage sealed tightly inside cans with well fitting lids. Hatching in time for Halloween is a keeled box turtle, an endangered Asian turtle. They deserve our respect and understanding of their behaviors. Box turtles used to be so plentiful that a mile of country road would yield one or more of these ponderously moving reptiles. The Houston Zoo is one of only a few institutions to breed this species and we are very excited to welcome three new babies! Though they are slow moving and not particularly aggressive, like any animal when cornered, they will defend themselves. Central Texas Tortoise Rescue’s mission is to adequately house, care for, rescue and rehabilitate land turtles who need a helping hand, and to place them into loving forever homes. Snakes & Reptiles Keeled box turtles have a wide range, but their numbers are very low. (a)  It is unlawful for any person, other than a police officer, an animal control officer, a member or employee of a humane organization approved by the director, or a licensed employee of a licensed pest control service to engage in the catching or impounding of animals. Keep your property maintained and look out for any telltale droppings or signs of burrowing. Adult coyotes weigh an average of 30 to 50 pounds, and are four to five feet long from nose to end of tail. If you have a wild animal or reptile in your yard, in the vicinity of your home or where you are, it is not necessary to call BARC. Reptiles carry salmonella and harbor dangerous bacteria in their mouths that can infect when they bite. Box Turtles are unique and an important part of our ecosystem. There are 4 species of venomous snakes found in US and they are all found in Houston and our surrounding areas. They look somewhat fierce, like a giant rat, and they have 50 sharp teeth in their mouth, and sharp claws. Wild Animals in Houston The Houston Zoo is a registered 501(c)(3) organization Bobcats attacks are rare with humans but like any animal, they will become aggressive when cornered by either humans or animals. They are mid-sized and usually have bushy tails with white tips. If your home has a chimney, make sure to install a cap or proper cover so that it is not an entry point for these animals. They will also live under sheds or decks. Wild animals also harbor parasites that can be lethal, especially to infants and young children. Not only can wild animals transmit the rabies virus, they are often carriers of fleas and other parasites that can be most harmful to your pets and your family. Houston City Code Sec. Discourage children and pets from playing with or harassing box turtles. Respect the animal and give it plenty of space. Texas is home to two different types of box turtles, the Ornate Box Turtle (Terrapene ornate ornate) and the Eastern or Three-toed Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina triunguis), A sub-species of the ornate turtle lives in Trans-Pecos west to eastern Arizona and south into Mexico is called the Western Ornate Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola). Coyotes are considered a high rabies risk animal. Opossums Wild Animal Classifications The entire State of Texas has an abundant wild animal population and Houston is no exception. Feed your pets inside and keep pet food in a secured area with a tight fitting lid. Even though you will not be required to vaccinate your pet annually, Houston is still requiring annual licensing since many person have indicated they will continue to vaccinate their pets each year. Keep all human and pet food away from raccoons. If you have a wild animal inside living areas of your home, such as a bedroom, call 311. Read more about Box Turtles from the The Box Turtle Partnership of Texas (pdf). All wild animals and reptiles are potentially aggressive. Rabies is a very serious disease and it is vitally important that you vaccinate your pet. They are, as are most wild animals, attracted to pet food. Limit bird feeders in your yard to prevent them from becoming a regular food source. Keeled box turtles have a wide range, but their numbers are very low. Do not feed bobcats, as this can encourage them to become too comfortable around humans. Texas Snakes is a good resource for more information on living with and identifying snakes in the Texas area. Cut low lying tree limbs that are close to your home. Though they are cute and tempting to play with, Box Turtles can bite! Foxes are attracted to pet food. Though they are cute and tempting to play with, Box Turtles can bite! Interested in learning more? Box turtles spend all of their life-cycle on land, but are not tortoises. The Latin name Terrapene places them in the terrapin group even though they spend no time in the water. Feed your pets inside and keep pet food in a secured area with a tight fitting lid. Keep cats and dogs indoors to prevent them from catching birds, squirrels and other rodents. Bobcats are native to the Houston area. Whether you are a fan of wildlife or not, we must remind ourselves that we are the ones moving into their natural environments. They are solitary and nocturnal. Once bitten, dogs and cats can also transmit the disease. In fact, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department would like your help tracking box turtles. The best policy is to leave them alone as they will most likely move on...In fact, most people are bitten by snakes when they try to kill it or get a better look at it. Wild animals are unpredictable and instinctual; when forced into captivity destructive behavior will occur. Clean areas on your property that would seem attractive to wild animals and foster nesting; old appliances, abandoned cars, boxes, wood piles, trash piles, and large containers.