Venomous snakes are among the most dangerous creatures outdoors. Read and learn to recognize these crawlers when you assure one.
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5 Venomous Snakes& Their Look-Alikes: Know Your Snakes
Venomous Snakes in the Outdoors
There are over 600 species of venomous snakes on this planet, but merely 200 of them can cause real harm to us.
With the climate getting warmer and the sun shining brighter, many of us are killing a great deal of time outdoors. And the longer we spend time outdoors, the possibility of encountering different types of venomous serpents is higher.
That is why it is of utmost importance to recognize the poisonous serpents from the non-poisonous snakes.
I am barefoot more often than not, especially when I’m outside. The other day while I was strolling down a path in the timbers I came close to stepping on a water snake while it was peacefully sunbathing.
I must admit I was startled and so was the poor snake. Good thing they typically take off when currently facing a human.
It’s important to know the snakes in your region especially if you love being outdoors. It’s good to remember we’re not the only ones enjoying the sunshine!
We must coexist with them on this planet. This article is going to cover some of the most common venomous serpents in the U.S. and their non-poisonous look-a-likes.
1. Eastern& Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes
The Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake is located in Eastern and Southeastern states and the Western Diamondback is located in Southwestern desert land. You can find them hanging out in places like dry pine flatlands, sandy woodlands, and in coastal scrub habitats.
The western species live in grassy plains and rocky hillsides. Some of their look-a-likes are the gopher snake, bull, and pine snakes. Both of them are extremely venomous cavity vipers and regarded as two of the deadliest North American snakes.
2. Eastern& Western Coral Snakes
There’s an old verse that says “black and yellow, kill a fellow and red on black is a friend of Jack .” It’s a good one to learn because that’s how you can determine whether the snake is the venomous coral serpent or a harmless look-a-like.
The Eastern coral serpent is native to Southeastern states while the Western coral snakes are located along the coastal plains. Coral snakes enjoy wooded, marshy, sandy ground and hide in foliage piles.
This deadly reptile has venom packed with dangerous neurotoxins. If left untreated, it could cause cardiac arrest.
As a matter of fact, they have the second strongest venom in all of the serpent species, next to the Black Mamba. Their look-a-likes are the scarlet king snake, king snakes, and milk snakes.
If you happen to come across a coral snake, make sure you have a watchful eye. They have a trick where they lift their tail up and move it to stimulate you think it’s their head and then attacks you from the opposite angle.
Rattlesnakes are not the only pit viper that thrives in the Southwest. These rusty colored beasts are native to North, Northwest, Southern, and Southeastern states.
Copperheads are Eco-toned snakes which mean they bounce back and forth between two lairs or homes. They can be found in rocky woody mountainsides and sunny thickets.
They may not be as venomous as a fierce serpent or an inland taipan but their bite is extremely painful.
Something you should know is they are the most likely to ten-strike and bite out of all the snakes on such lists. Some of the copperhead’s look-a-likes are the Eastern rat snake, black racer snakes, water snakes, milk snakes, corn snakes, and hognose snakes.
Cottonmouths are also known as, water moccasins. The name cottonmouth was chosen because when they open their mouth real wide it looks like a white ball of cotton in there.
These venomous snakes like the hot and are native to Southeastern countries such as Arkansas and Texas, although they have been consider elsewhere.
These semi-aquatic snakes live close to bodies of water with bumpy banks for them to sunbathe on. They rarely bite humans unless these pit vipers are threatened.
You can find them in and around creeks, ponds, lakes, rivers, and bumpy marshes. Their bite can be potentially fatal induce anaphylactic reactions.
Some of the cottonmouths look-a-likes consist of the Northern water snake, brown water snakes, and red-bellied water snakes.
5. Timber Rattlesnakes
Timber rattlesnakes are one of the few snakes that thrive in the Northeastern United State. They enjoy nesting in deciduous woods, rough and rugged terrain, as well as, on rocky canyons and ledges.
These snakes have massive fangs and can distribute a large amount of venom into their victim making them dangerous and dreaded. There are some water snakes that resemble the lumber rattler but this slithering snake has distinct markings.
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There are venomous and dangerous beasts anywhere you roam. It’s wise to know where they live and avoid any issues, as well as, to enjoy the beauty offered. If you love going outdoors, I highly indicate learning about the specific venomous serpents and their look-a-likes in your region.
If you analyze them, you’ll notice certain ways to tell the venomous apart from the non-venomous pet snakes. Things like the shape of their head, their commemorates, the shape and sizing of the pupils, and their size and features. Some serpents make a strange odor to warn predators they are around. Some stench like cucumbers while others smell more like menthol.
I hope you’ve learned a thing or two and I encourage you to reach out and teach me some of your wisdom as well. Happy Trails!
Do you know of other venomous serpents and their look-alikes? Please share them with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in July 2017 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.
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