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Wild Animal Classifications | Wild Animals in Houston | Coexisting with Wild Animals
What to do if you Encounter a Wild Animal | Rabies Info | Triennial Vaccine Notice | Raccoons | Bats | Skunks
Bobcats | Opossums | Foxes | Coyotes | Snakes & Reptiles | Feral Hogs in Houston

Wild Animals in Houston

The entire State of Texas has an abundant wild animal population and Houston is no exception. In fact, Houston, with its many miles of bayous and lush outdoors actually fosters one of the most populated and diverse wild animal ecosystems in the state.  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. A more complete list of wild animals in and around the Houston area includes:

  • Raccoons
  • Bats
  • Skunks
  • Coyotes
  • Foxes
  • Bobcats
  • Snakes & Reptiles
  • Turtles
  • Alligators
  • Deer
  • Opossums
  • Armadillos
  • Deer
  • Rats & Mice
  • Squirrels
  • Hawks & Owls
The top 5 of this list are of special concern due to their high risk of rabies. These are bats, skunks, raccoons, foxes and coyotes. Do not touch these animals! Once bitten, dogs and cats can also transmit the disease. Rabies is a very serious disease and it is vitally important that you vaccinate your pet. It is also the law. You can read more about rabies here.