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You need not interact with snakes, or keep them as pets in your yard, or even look at them if it makes you uncomfortable. You should, however, accept their right to exist in the natural world. Like other wildlife, snakes should be allowed to live in peace in their native habitat.

Evoking both fascination and fear, snakes serve as a barometer of regional environmental attitudes. The extent of misinformation and inappropriate attitudes about snakes unquestionably exceeds that of any other group of animals on earth. An ecologically educated community accepts snakes as an integral component of natural environments.

U.S. snakes are highly overrated as a human threat. Of the more than 50 native snake species in the East, only 7 are venomous, the rest harmless. Bites of the copperhead and the 2 small rattlesnakes (massasauga and pygmy) are rarely if ever lethal to humans. The large pit vipers (diamondback, timber or canebrake rattler, and cottonmouth) and the coral snake can be potentially hazardous, but only on rare occasions.


Venom of the coral snake, a cobra relative, can indeed kill an adult human if enough venom is injected. But coral snakes are small, rare, and unlikely to bite a person unless picked up. A person has a diminishingly small chance of being bitten accidentally by a coral snake. Perhaps the greatest danger is to children who might pick up a brightly colored red, yellow, and black snake.

Children should be taught never to pick up any snake without supervision by a knowledgeable adult. They should also be taught that snakes only bite humans in self-defense and that all snakes deserve our respect. Children should learn that many snakes will strike out when cornered, but they do not come looking for you. No U.S. snake will intentionally pursue a person with intent to harm. No herpetologist has ever verified the " chased by a snake" phenomenon.

My reptile-hunting associates and I have seen or captured thousands of snakes from the Atlantic to the Pacific. None of us has ever seen an American snake chase someone. I specify " American," because some zookeepers and herpetologists say that African mambas and Asian cobras can take offense at a person's presence and actively attack. Maybe they will, but no evidence of such aggressiveness exists for North American species. The last thing a snake, even a rattlesnake, wants to do is bite an animal too big to eat. Biting, a last resort when escape seems impossible, can be costly to a snake by resulting in broken fangs and lost venom needed to capture prey. A rattlesnake that keeps you away by vibrating its tail is better off than one that has to bite you.

A legitimate snakebite is one in which a person unintentionally and unknowingly provokes a venomous snake and is bitten. The odds of being struck by lightning or being in a car wreck are hundreds of times greater than the odds of receiving a serious legitimate snakebite in the United States.

When someone sees a snake and then tries to catch, kill, or handle it, the bite is illegitimate. Hospital records show that many snakebite victims actually picked up the animal first. We can't place blame on the snake in such instances. Copperheads are one of the few venomous snakes in the country that often bite people who may be unaware of the snake's presence. But copperhead venom is less potent than that of most species, and a bite usually causes minimal damage to the victim.

Snakes are a natural part of the world therefore, snakebite is a possible--though highly improbable--hazard if you venture outdoors. Anyone interested in snakes, which includes almost everyone in one way or another, should check out two Web sites: www.parcplace.org and www.uga.edu/srelherp. Either will teach you a lot about snakes and also link to others on the topic. Thus you can keep informed about what many consider to be America's most prepossessing creatures.

Snake Information: Florida is a home to 45 species of snakes. 6 of them are venomous (see below) and a danger to humans. All snakes are carnivorous predators that feed on a variety of small prey. Like many predators, they can be beneficial in the elimination of unwanted vermin such as rodents. However, many people are not comfortable having snakes around, particularly venomous snakes. Snakes are most often spotted in the yard, but we find them in pools, inside houses, and even attics. We safely capture and remove snake, and even provide snake trapping and prevention services.

NOTE: If you find a snake and you do not know whether or not it is venomous, the safest thing to do is to leave it alone and call AAnimal Control your trapping professional. If you or someone else is bitten by a poisonous snake, you should immediately seek medical attention at the nearest hospital or medical facility.

About Florida Snakes

Florida is home to 45 snake species, many of which may look dangerous to humans. However, most are ultimately beneficial in the capture of rats and mice. Common non-venomous snake species include the Black Racer, Corn Snake, Eastern Garter Snake, Milk Snake, Yellow Rat Snake, Banded Water Snake, Southern Ringneck Snake, and maybe a Southern Black Snake or Rough Green Snake.

Florida is home to six kinds of venomous snakes. There are two types of venomous snakes in Florida. The Crotalidae, or pit vipers, and the Elapidae. Included in the family of pit vipers are the Diamondback Rattlesnake, Canebrake Rattlesnake, Pigmy Rattlesnake, Cottonmouth (or Water Mocassin), and the Copperhead. The venom of these snakes is haemotoxic, that is, it destroys the red blood cells and the walls of the blood vessels of the victim. The Elapidae, represented in Florida by the Coral Snake, have neurotoxic venom. This attacks the nervous system of a victim, bringing on paralysis.

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is the largest and most dangerous of Florida's native snakes, and is one of the most poisonous snakes of the world. It is large in size, has a high quantity of venom, aggressive defensive tactics and tremendous striking speed, thus making this snake one to be treated with extreme caution. Although it may attain a body length of over eight feet, it is rare to find an Eastern Diamondback over seven feet long. Rattlesnakes feed on small warm-blooded animals, mainly rabbits, squirrels, rats, mice, and sometimes birds. When disturbed, rattlesnakes assume a defensive position with the body coiled around and the head and neck raised in an S-position. From this stance, the rattler can deliver the venomous strike. It almost always gives a warning rattle of the tail first. The Eastern Diamondback occurs in every Florida county and prefers rural scrub pine areas. Average adult size is 36-72 inches, and the record is 96 inches.
The Canebrake Rattlesnake, also called the Timber Rattlesnake, is restricted mainly to northern Florida but has been reported as far south as Alchua County. I doubt you'll ever see one in Orlando. This snake is the southern subspecies of the timber rattlesnake found in more northern portions of the United States. As with other rattlesnakes, the head is much wider than the neck. It is smaller and more slender in build than the average Diamondback. Florida specimens seldom measure more than five feet in length. The Timber Rattler is usually found in the flatwoods, fields and around farms. Average adult size is 36-60 inches, and the record is 74.5 inches. There's no snake repellant to keep away Canebrakes!
The Pygmy Rattlesnake, also called ground rattler, is common throughout Florida. It is found in every county. Its rattle is small and slender and produces a sound like the buzzing of an insect, which may be difficult for people to hear. Most pygmy rattlers measure less than 18 inches in length. It feeds on small frogs, lizards, mice and other snakes. The Pygmy has a feisty disposition, and is quick to strike. Luckily, it usually does not inject enough venom to kill an adult human. However, the venom is extremely painful and damaging to tissue. You do not want to receive a Pigmy Rattler bite! Get pest control for snakes first. Average adult size is 12-24 inches, and the record is 31 inches.
The Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin is an aquatic pit viper without rattles. It occurs commonly in every county in the state. Often when disturbed it draws into a loose coil, cocks its head upwards and opens its mouth wide to reveal the white interior lining, earning it the the name cottonmouth. It does not have to be coiled to strike, but can deliver a bite from almost any position, either in or out of the water. It is an unpredictable snake. Some individuals are calm and sluggish while others may be very aggressive. A water snake, the cottonmouth is found along stream banks, in swamps, margins of lakes and in tree-bordered marshes. It hunts at night for its prey of fish, frogs and other snakes, lizards and small mammals. The poisonous bite of this reptile results in great pain and severe swelling. With immediate and proper medical treatment, the bite is only occasionally fatal to humans. Average adult size is 20-48 inches, and the record is 74.5 inches.
The Copperhead is rarely if ever identified in the Orlando area. Most Florida Copperheads are confined to the panhandle. Many snakes that are reported to be Copperheads turn out to be young Cottonmouths which are similar in appearance. The copperhead's bite is less severe than the cottonmouth's bite. This snake is well-known as one of the venomous snakes in many parts of the United States, but you'll never see one in the Orlando area. Many people call for snake extermination due to this snake, but most people's fears are unfounded, and identifications incorrect. The copper-colored head is wider than the neck. Average adult size is 22-36 inches, and the record is 53 inches.
The Coral Snake's venom is the most potent of any of North America's snakes per volume. It carries neurotoxic venom (attacks nervous system). It has short fixed fangs and a small mouth. It does not strike and inject venom like the pit vipers but bites and almost has hold on for a little while to inject its poison. Many people use this rhyme "red touch yellow, kill a fellow; red touch black, okay Jack." to differentiate the Coral Snake from non-venomous copycats like the Scarlet King Snake. It occurs throughout Florida, primarily in heavy brush, nearly underground, occasionally emerging after heavy rains. Average adult size is 20-30 inches, and the record is 47.5 inches.


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