There are only 4 highly of venomous snakes in the United States.
They are the Rattlesnakes, Copperheads, Cottonmouths (Water-Moccasin),
and Coral snakes. Below are the four snakes. Study them and when you
find a snake, if they don’t look like the ones below, then they might not
be venomous. Many non-venomous snakes share the same colors and
other charateristics of the snakes below, and make it hard to tell the
venomous apart from the non-venomous. Also the juvenile venomous
snake may look just like the non-venmous snake. One very easy
charateristic of a venomous snake is its vertical shaped pupils. This goes
for all venomous snakes in the United States except for the Coral Snake,
who has rounded eyes like the non-venomous snakes. When you find a
snake it is best that you just leave it alone, even if you are sure of what
kind of snake it is.
The Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix), can be quickly identified
by its copper color. This snake has vertical, cat eyed shape pupils. Has
a triangular shaped head and a very thick body. Its scales are weekly
keeled and does not appear shiny. Its a broad headed snake which means
its neck is skinny and its head is wide.
Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin)
The Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus), also known as the Water-Moccasin,
can be difficult to identify. They are like water snakes, and are normally found
near water. They are normally a dark brown color to black. They have a white
inner mouth. They have vertical shaped pupils and have a thick body. They have
a broad triangular head. These snakes are often mistaken as water snakes.
There are several kinds of corals snakes. The Coral snake can be very
easy to identify with its bright red and yellow on black coloring or can
be mistaken as a harmless snake. The pattern of the coral snake is red
and black with yellow between the two, red and yellow touching. The
coral snake is mimiced by several other snakes, one of which is the
Scarlet snake. The scarlet snake has the same colors as the coral snake,
but different pattern. Also the scarlet snake has a red nose, as the coral
snake has a black. The coral snake has a rounded head, with a slender body
and no neck. Here are two very useful rymthes that will help you tell the
venomous coral snake apart from the other non-venomous snakes:
Red on Yellow, Kill a Fellow
Red on Black, Venom Lack
If its nose is black, get back
There are many species of Rattlesnakes in the United States. The
rattlesnake can quickly be identified by the rattle on the tip of its tail.
The rattlesnakes characteristics are a broad, triangular head, with a
thick body, and a rattle on the tail. Though don’t always think it is not a
rattlesnake, just be cause the snake doens’t appear to have a rattle. Some
times the rattles break off, and the juvenile rattlesnake rattles can sometimes
barely be seen.
October 21 2007 02:14 am