Texas floods are bringing snakes, alligators to the neighborhood

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By Sean Breslin for Weather.com

Consider this a cautionary tale for why it's a bad idea to walk around in floodwaters.

Texans are getting a little too close with some harmful creatures because of the weeks-long flood that has gripped their state. As the water rose, snakes and alligators suddenly had a lot more room to move around, and some have come right into neighborhoods where they're not welcome.

(MORE: Floods Swamp Texas, Killing More Than Two Dozen)

Dallas resident Mary Weir was recently on the phone in her home when she noticed a 2-foot-long snake had come into the house, the Dallas Morning News reported. After barricading the snake in a linen closet, she was eventually able to scoop it up with a mop handle and carry it away.

"It's a perfect storm. We're getting hundreds of calls about snakes right now," Bonnie Bradshaw told the Dallas Morning News. Her company, 911 Wildlife, works with Dallas to respond to wildlife calls.

Authorities have also warned residents that there are other dangers lurking in floodwaters. This is mating season for alligators, which Yahoo! News says makes the reptiles even more hazardous to be around.

"Alligators travel great distances this time of year and having more water to do it in certainly facilitates it," Fort Bend County Sheriff's Department Maj. Chad Norvell said in the report.

Floodwaters can contain snakes, fire ants and alligators, but there are also more frequent risks like diseases and chemical hazards, according to the CDC. Unless it's an emergency, it's quite risky to go for that swim on a flooded road.

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Texas floods are bringing snakes, alligators to the neighborhood
Flood waters from the Brazos River inundate a residential area, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Granbury, Texas. Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
In this aerial photo, people canoe through floodwaters past a stop sign near Bear Creek Park Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Houston. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters move from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
File- In this May 30, 2015 file aerial photo, the Colorado River flows out of it's banks, in Wharton, Texas. Parts of Texas were finally beginning to rebuild on Sunday from weeks of rain and flooding that have made the state a place of extremes: severe drought conditions earlier in the year that have given way to unprecedented rainfall in some areas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
Lake Lewisville floods a park, Friday, May 29, 2015, in The Colony, Texas. Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Baseball fields Bear Creek Park are covered by floodwaters Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Houston. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
In this aerial photo, a boat is pulled up the the front steps of a home surrounded by floodwaters near the San Jacinto River Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Channelview, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
The Colorado Rivers flows out of its banks Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Wharton, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
In this aerial photo, a business is flooded near the Brazos River Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Sugar Land, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
The Colorado Rivers flows out of its banks Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Wharton, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
A motorist drives through flood waters from the Brazos River in the Horseshoe Bend neighborhood, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Weatherford, Texas. Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
In this aerial photo, a school playground is covered by floodwaters near the Brazos River Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Rosenberg, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters moved from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Flood waters from the Brazos River inundate a residential area, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Granbury, Texas. Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Flood waters from the Brazos River encroach upon homes in the Horseshoe Bend neighborhood, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Weatherford, Texas. Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
A windmill is surrounded by floodwaters from the Brazos River Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Richmond, Texas. The Colorado River in Wharton and the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers near Houston are the main focus of concern as floodwaters move from North and Central Texas downstream toward the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Flood waters from the Brazos River inundate a residential area, Friday, May 29, 2015, in Granbury, Texas. Floodwaters submerged Texas highways and threatened more homes Friday after another round of heavy rain added to the damage inflicted by storms. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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