Respecting our natural environment is key to our safety at DCYC.
The overwhelming majority of snakebites occur when people are either attempting to kill snakes or handling snakes after they are assumed to be dead.
For your protection, if you encounter a snake, simply back away from it slowly.
IF YOU ARE BITTEN BY A SNAKE: Snake bite victims should be taken to the closest area ER where antivenin can be administered. Attempt to remember (or photograph) the snake's image for later identification. Do not incise the snake's puncture wounds or place a tourniquet on the bitten extremity.
The majority of snakes in our Texas lakes are NON-VENOMOUS water snakes. We do occasionally encounter some cotton mouths (also known as water moccasins) and copper heads. In all instances, the safest response is to walk away.
If you encounter a snake that you feel might be a threat, please contact our Harbor Master.