Venomous Snakes

Despite the fact that they rank second in fatalities, and the fact that they are venomous rather than poisonous, snakes top the list of people’s feared encounters with poisonous creatures.

The king cobra lives in the rain forests and plains of India, southern China, and Southeast Asia. A cobra’s bite delivers enough neurotoxin to kill an elephant. Its distinctive hood has a pattern on the back that resembles a pair of spectacles. The king cobra is a very efficient pest killer, keeping rats and other vermin under control.

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Rattlesnakes, copperheads, coral snakes and cottonmouths are the four snakes to worry about in the United States. Rattlesnakes are often found near rock formations. The last few inches of a rattlesnake’s tail create a distinctive hissing sound that warns unwanted company away.

If you see a triangular or spade-shaped head, cat-like slitted pupils, pits between the eye and nostril or find snake skins with single rows of scales near the end of the tail, assume the snake is venomous and call a professional to identify and remove it. Otherwise, if you are not sent into a panic at the sight of any snake at all, you may want to just live and let live.

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The majority of people are bitten while trying to kill a snake, because they put themselves within the snake’s striking distance, which is usually less than half its body length. It is a far better idea to back away and leave the reptile a clear escape path.

University of Missouri Extension: Snakes: Information for Missouri Homeowners

National Geographic: King Cobra

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  1. The Quail 1957 Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    I liked this article and found it to be very well researched and written. Your absolutely right, always back away and give the snake an escape route. Most snakes will flee if given the opportunity. Well done!


  2. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Very well researched. We backing away and give snakes a route is absolutely true. They fear that we might do harm to them and we fear the same. this is the reason why snakes try to bite us.


  3. Linvio Says...

    On November 29, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    very strong topic to talk about… that is the implication of snakes… love it though…


  4. Sharif Ishnin Says...

    On December 15, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Good tips Meg. Being cautious can be the difference between life and death.


  5. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On December 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Yes poisonous snakes are dangerous but if they hear us they will usually get away before we see them.


  6. gvgatchalian Says...

    On December 20, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Yes, live and let live. This is very helpful. Knowledge, indeed, keeps us away from harm. Thanks for sharing! :-)


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