Is Every Snake Poisonous?
If you see every snake in the US as a potential killer, you’d best confine your tubing adventures to a swimming pool!
Snakes tend to hang out in warm waters; however, they tend to be mostly non-poisonous.*
Suggestions to limit your meeting these “fanged foe.”
- Don’t bother or tease snakes,
- Go around snakes, avoiding them where possible.
- Stay out of shallow water as much as possible
- Stay away from banks in thick, wooded areas
4 Poisonous Snakes in America
Cottonmouth Water Moccasin Snake — This is the only poisonous American water snake; usually found in southeast parts of the US.
According to Wikipedia, Cottonmouths are ” the world’s only semi-aquatic viper, usually found in or near water, particularly in slow-moving and shallow lakes and streams.”
Most snakes are as afraid of you as you are of them. Not so with the cottonmouth! He usually stands his ground and even likes to show the white lining of his mouth — just so you know who should run first!
Being bitten by a cottonmouth is going to ruin your day, believe me. You can avoid this meanie by staying in the middle of rivers and by avoiding banks with shallow water.
Rattlesnakes — These snakes are available from Canada to Mexico. They provide more trips to the hospital and unplanned deaths than any other American snake!
Fortunately, they give an intruder advanced warning of their strike — with the rattling sound.
The Eastern Diamondback has more venom in a single bite than any other snake. Caution!
Copperheads – This snakes venom is potentially lethal. Need I say more? Oddly enough, he is copper colored!
Coral Snake – Absolutely lethal! Remember the rhyme, “Red and yellow kill a fellow …..” Watch for the banded yellow, black and red snake. Others, with similar bands (but not in this order) are non-lethal.
The good news is that this snake is not looking to cause trouble.
- Become familiar with the 4 poisonous snakes,
- Take a snake-bite kit
- Use it — if needed and
- Get the victim to a hospital ASAP.
* I used to think that non-poisonous snakes did not bite and poisonous snakes would. That is incorrect; any snake can — and will — bite, if provoked. The venom in non-poisonous snakes just won’t kill you!
All snake photos are courtesy of Wikipedia!
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