GALVESTON Signs warning courthouse visitors to keep off the grass took on a sense of urgency this week after attorneys and deputies snapped photographs of rattlesnakes resting in the courthouse s tall, ornamental grass.

The pictures show rattlesnakes, some at least a foot long, basking in the sun s warming rays.

We have this problem for a few weeks every year, said Bonnie Quiroga, director of the Office of Justice Administration, noting snakes, coyotes and opossums emerge from the low, wet and overgrown land nearby.

This week marks the third straight year warning signs were posted outside the courthouse, 600 59th St., in Galveston.

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