|Venomous Snakes Of South and
The largest Pit Viper in the world growing to over 14 feet. It has a
reputation as an aggressive and very dangerous snake. The Bushmaster
lives in very remote, dense, tropical jungle. Avoid this fierce snake,
if encountered, carefully leave the area, do not approach. The
Bushmaster will attack viciously if startled.
Lash Pit Viper: This snake prefers to spend it's time in low hanging
tree limbs, where it hunts birds and frogs. This snake is known to be
very unsettled and will bite without provocation. It often strikes from
low hanging tree branches or bushes, biting the upper part of the body
or on the head. Common in Rain Forests, Plantations and in Palm trees
throughout Central America and upper South America.
Rattlesnake: This Rattlesnake is very dangerous and will strike
without any warning of it's rattle. It shares many of the
characteristics of other Rattlesnakes. This particular species, like
some of the others, prefers dry sandy places. Found South of U.S. border
to the tip of South America, in most places.
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This is another very dangerous and irritable snake. It is very common on
farms, in fields or buildings. Is known to enter homes. This snakes
venom is very toxic and has a high rate of injury and death. The snake
has triangle patterns on it's body. Found in southern Mexico and
throughout Central and South America.
Snake: Native to some parts of North America, and throughout Central
and South America. When the Red and Yellow bands are touching, then it
is a venomous Coral snake rather than a look alike. The Coral snake is
usually docile, but, it's venom is very dangerous and it will bite.
Sometimes enters residential areas.
Viper: The Jumping Viper is found throughout Central America. This
Snake likes to hide under logs or in leaves. Because of it's colors and
pattern it is very hard to see. As the name implies, it strikes without
warning, jumping out at it's victim, even leaving the ground, to
make the bite. Generally active at night, dangerous at any time.
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.