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Venomous Snakes Of North America
Head: The Copper Head snake is the most common of venomous
snakes. It likes to hide under boards, rocks, logs, sticks, loose
clothing, almost any item lying around the home, camp ground or
wilderness. It can be found in most any locality in North America. Often
bites unsuspecting people when they lift the item it is hiding under.
The Rattlesnake will often sound a warning if threatened. The snake is
not normally aggressive but will defend itself if threatened. Rattle
Snakes control the amount of venom injected when they bite. Rattlesnakes
are dangerous. There are many varieties of Rattlesnakes including
eastern, western and the Sidewinder.
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Moccasin: The Water Moccasin is also known as a Cotton Mouth because
of the white appearance of it's mouth. The Water Moccasin is considered
to be a aggressive snake by many, although studies seem to suggest that
it's not as aggressive as generally believed. This snake can be found in
water, on dry land and in trees.
Snake: This snake is common though rarely seen. The coral snake is
not considered to be aggressive and will generally retreat to hiding if
it detects human presence. It chews to inject venom. It prefers hiding
in the leaves of the forest floor or in rocks and crevices. This snake
is found in many habitats both dry and wet or swampy. It will enter
residential areas on occasion, putting in an appearances on a walkways
or other locations around the home.
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and Central America
Hints To Avoid A Bite
- Don't try to pick up or trap a snake! It
sounds strange, but many people are bitten trying to grab or trap a snake
they have encountered.
- Walk around a snake giving it plenty
- Don't try to kill the snake just because you
have found it in the wilderness. This often ends in ways that are less
than desirable and snakes are very important to the environment.
- Don't put your hands or feet in places where
you cannot see such as tall grass, holes or crevices in logs, rocks or in
the ground. Don't pick anything up without first flipping it over with a
small tree branch, hiking pole or other item.
- Do not go bare foot or wear sandals when
exploring the outdoors. Always wear leather hiking boots or other suitable
footwear and clothing.
- Watch where you step, especially around
trees, brush or tall grass. Be alert to your surroundings. Remember,
Snakes often lay motionless and may be unnoticeable.
- If sleeping outdoors without a tent, don't
lay next to rocks, tall grass, brush or logs. Use mosquito netting to
create a barrier around yourself. Tuck mosquito netting well under your
sleeping bag and anchor it well away from your body with logs, rocks or
other items. Sleeping on a cot is preferable.
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