Know the Difference Between Venomous and Non-Venomous Snakes

The Summer heat not only brings out the bugs, it also brings out the snakes.

There’s 67 species of snakes in Alabama, six are venomous.

Three types of rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths and coral snakes are ones in Alabama you need to watch out for.

Of the 41 native snake species known in Georgia, only six are venomous: the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Timber Rattlesnake (also known as the Canebrake), Pigmy Rattlesnake; Eastern Coral Snake; Cottonmouth (also known as the Water Moccasin) and Southern Copperhead, according to the CDC.

But, most of us don’t know the difference so this is how you can tell if they are venomous:

“Venomous snakes have triangular heads and non venomous snakes usually have oval heads,” said Julia King, Animal Curator with Oxbow Meadows.

King adds that most bites in the United States happen when someone is trying to kill a snake. So, when you are in your backyard or out hiking and you see one, back away slowly and don’t try to mess with it.

If a snake bites you, know the difference.

“If you get two fang marks, that’s a venomous snake. You need to go to the hospital. Just get them to check it out, don’t try to kill the snake and bring it with you, just try to remember description of the snake,” said King.

If you want more information on Oxbow Meadows or snake bites,  visit https://oxbow.columbusstate.edu/.

 

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