Happy World Snake Day!

Today is World Snake Day!

Many people ate afraid of these creatures. But the truth is, only 1 in 4 snakes are venomous. While movies like ‘Anaconda’ make snakes look like huge monsters that only want to kill humans, most snakes are small and would rather avoid human contact.

Most snake bites occur because a human accidentally stepped on a snake or otherwise disturbed its home.

Remember, without snakes, your house could be infested with mice and other rodents. If you see a snake in your yard, reacting with fear and hostility will only cause it to become defensive. The best thing to do is to leave it alone and let it be on its way. Keep in mind that their habitat was destroyed to build your house. If you do find a snake in your house, try your best not to scare it into a corner of under something. Open a nearby door and gently sweep it out with a broom.If the snake is coiled up or you can not herd it out the door, place a bucket over it with a weight on top until an experienced handler can remove it.

If you think the snake, in your yard or house, may be poisonous, call animal control. You do not need to kill it. Try to keep it locked in a room, or blocked into a corner until an expert arrives.

In most cases, the snake is not venomous and will not attack you for just looking at it. If you can, just leave it be and chances are, you will never see it again.

 

 

Venomous Snakes:

Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes are the largest venomous snake. They can strike at up to 1/3 of it’s length. They warn with their rattle when they feel threatened. Rattlesnakes can be found all across the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

Copperhead

Copperheads can be a reddish color or a tan. They are usually around 2 or 3 feet in length. When frightened, Copperheads freeze. Most bites occur when the snake is stepped on. Copperheads can be found in wet, swampy areas. Common in the eastern half of the United States.

 

 

 

 

Cottonmouths/Water Moccasins

cottonmouth snake

These snakes are usually dark tan, dark brown, or almost black with black or brown bands. Adults are 5 to 6 feet long. Younger snakes have brown or orange markings and a yellow tail. They do not scare easily but will attack when threatened. Cottonmouths are found in or around water.

 

 

 

 

Coral Snakes

Coral snakes get confused with King snakes all the time. They both have similarly colored bands covering their bodies. If the red band touches the yellow band, it is venomous. Coral Snakes tend to hide in leaf piles or burrow into the ground. They like wooded, shady, or marshy areas.

The snake on the right is a venomous Coral Snake. The snake on the left is a non venomous King Snake.

 

 

 

Information gathered from cdc.gov

Please note that these are the common venomous snakes found in the United States. If you live outside of the United States, research the venomous snakes in your area.

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