How to Tell if a Snake is Venomous?

There are a wide variety of Fort Myers snakes in the world, but only a limited number are venomous. Still, you won’t want to take your chances when you come across one. A good rule of thumb is to treat every snake like it is venomous until you are sure that it is not. There are some non-venomous snakes that look very similar to venomous snakes, so you will want to take every precaution necessary to ensure your safety. There are some helpful ways that you can tell whether a snake is venomous or not, and some of those ways are discussed below. There are four venomous snakes in America, namely rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths and coral snakes. If you learn to identify these, you will be able to steer clear of the venomous Florida snakes.

Cottonmouths can have white stripes or they can have a green color. Cottonmouths live in deep water and sometimes also on land. They often have a yellow tail and they tend to be loners.

Rattlesnakes have elliptical eyes resembling a cat’s eyes and the head is triangular. They are most easily identified by the loud rattling noise their tales make.

Copperheads get their name from their copper-red heads and they have a distinctive hourglass shaped pattern on their skin. They are common in Fort Myers, but thankfully their bites are rarely fatal.

Coral snakes
These deadly snakes often have red, yellow/white, and black colored bands. They are usually around three feet but they can be up to five feet long.

If a Florida snake’s head is triangular, you can be pretty sure that it is venomous. If it has a spoon shaped head, it is likely not harmful. However, you should treat any snake the same – be cautious. Snakes are very intriguing creatures, but they can be very dangerous as well. It is helpful to be able to recognize whether a snake is poisonous or not so that you know when to absolutely steer clear. If you use the advice mentioned above, you should be able to tell whether a snake is venomous or not. However, safety comes first, so you should always be very careful around a snake whether it is venomous or not. If you are not absolutely sure, you can contact a Fort Myers wildlife professional to help you identify the snake and whether it is venomous.

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