How to Tell If a Snake Is Poisonous? Identifying a Venomous Snake

How to identify a poisonous snake

Poisonous snakes can be found in most parts of the world, but how can you tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes? They don’t exactly come equipped with warnings signs – or do they? If you know what to look for, you can identify a poisonous snake out the wild and know whether it’s time …

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7 Best (Affordable and Simple) Snake Traps of 2019

The wooden box snake trap

Snakes can bite in less than a second, injecting venom into a human and causing death within hours. Most snakes are nonvenomous snakes, but you don’t want to take the chance of an emergency room visit. Professional snake trappers can help, and if you know a snake is venomous, you’ll want to call in a professional. …

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11 Types of Rattlesnakes: Fun Facts about Rattlesnakes

Rattlesnake showing its tongue

They hiss, they rattle, they bite. Rattlesnakes are one of the most feared snakes in North America, and it’s easy to see why: they have a venomous bite.

Rattlesnakes can be found in both North and South America, but the greatest concentration is in the southwestern U.S. and northern parts of Mexico. Arizona alone has more than 13 different species of the rattlesnake.

Rattle and Hiss

If you live in the southwestern U.S., you know the distinct sound of a rattlesnake. And you probably grew up learning to respect and fear these slithering creatures. Mohave Rattlesnake showing tongueThese pit vipers have a very distinctive rattle or buzz that warns predators to stay away.

So what makes a rattlesnake rattle? Keratin. Segments of keratin are clustered at the end of the snake’s tail. These segments fit loosely inside one another, and they knock against each other when the snake holds its tail upright and vibrates. This knocking action is what creates the buzzing sound rattlesnakes are known for.

Every time a rattlesnake sheds its snake skin, it adds another segment to its tail, or rattle. As these snakes age, parts of their rattle start to wear away and break off. That’s why some adult rattlers have no rattle.

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9 Interesting Anaconda Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Anaconda lying on rock

A semi-aquatic snake, anacondas are found in tropical rainforests, and they’re known for their enormous girth. The anaconda is broken down into four species: green anaconda, yellow anaconda, dark-spotted anaconda and Bolivian anaconda. And if you get lucky enough to come close to these huge snakes, you’ll find that their massive size wasn’t underestimated.

Don’t worry though, these aren’t your normal garden snakes. Unless you’re in tropical South America or another tropical part of the world, you likely won’t cross paths with an anaconda. But if you do happen to see this snake, be warned: they can devour humans.

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How to Overcome Ophidiophobia: 4 Common Symptoms & Causes & Treatment

Man startled by a snake crossing his path

Ophidiophobia – the fear of snakes. Most people are afraid of these slithering, creepy creatures to some degree. I don’t know about you, but I turn and run the other way when I see a snake.

A snake phobia, though? That’s a different story. We’re not talking about the usual snake fear (after all, some are poisonous). We’re talking about full-on panic attacks and nervous breakdowns.

Not surprisingly, this phobia is pretty common. In fact, it’s the most common phobia out there. Studies show that 1/3 of humans suffer from ophidiophobia.

The word “ophidiophobia” comes from the Greek word “ophis,” which means serpent.

But why do people fear snakes? Do you have ophidiophobia and don’t even know it? We’re going to explore this relatively common phobia and ways to overcome it.

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Cottonmouth Snake (Water Moccasin) Facts (7 Basic facts & Bite Treatment)

Western cottonmouth with big opened mouth

Cottonmouth snakes go by many names, but most people call them water moccasins. Its scientific name is Agkistrodon piscivorus (say that ten times fast), but that doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as smoothly as cottonmouth.

Highly dangerous and venomous, this species of pit viper lives in the southeastern United States. There’s a reason why hikers and nature lovers fear this snake: its bite can be fatal.Appearance of Water Moccasin Snake

What is a Cottonmouth, or Water Moccasin Snake?

The water moccasin is the only venomous water snake in North America, and they have a rather distinctive appearance (more on that soon). Those unlucky enough to live in the southeastern U.S. have been told since they were kids to watch out for these slithering death machines.

The only good news about these snakes is that they rarely bite humans. Like most other wild animals, they just want to eat and mind their own business.

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9 Cobra Snake Q&As Every Kid Should Know

Cobra Snake

Cobra snakes enchant the world with their “hood” that puffs out and reminds people of ancient times long ago in sandy deserts, mostly in Africa. Cobras are as beautiful as they are frightening, and their venomous fangs (when talking about the King Cobra) releases enough venom to take down one of the world’s largest mammals: an elephant.

If you’re as intoxicated by cobra snakes as I am, you’ll find these cobra snake Q&As very educational.

1. Are There Different Types of Cobra Snakes?

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Water Snake Facts You Were Never Taught in School

Water Snake Facts

What type of snakes love to spend time in or near water? You guessed it – the water snake. The snakes in this group are non-venomous, meaning they’re harmless to humans.

There are numerous species of water snakes, and they each have their own distinctive appearance.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common species, and learn more about these unique creatures.

Water snake species

1. Northern water snake

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Milk Snake: Perfect Guidance Helps You Get to Know Them

Milk Snake

Milk snakes are nonvenomous snakes that live in North and South America. These snakes, often confused for coral snakes or copperhead snakes, are part of the kingsnake species of snakes. A total of 24 subspecies of milk snakes exists.

There are a few distinguishing features that will help you to identify a milk snake – although you never want to get too close to an unknown snake.

Let’s look at a few facts about milk snakes that every reptile enthusiast should know.Milk snake isolated on white background.


Milk snakes benefit from looking like coral snakes because predators are scared away by coral snakes. These snakes have the following characteristics that can help you tell them apart:

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