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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Know the differences between poisonous and non poisonous snakes

Snakes are scary. The thought of a snake nearby is enough to drive some people crazy. We all run from snakes because we fear their poisonous bites. What if not all snake bites are poisonous? If so, how can we identify a snake based on the differences between poisonous and non poisonous snakes? Read this article to satisfy your curiosity.

Differences between poisonous and non poisonous snakes

Head

Heads of Poisonous snakes are mostly triangular (because their necks are broad) while the heads of non poisonous snakes are more flattened than that of poisonous ones.




Colour

Poisonous snakes have bright colours. We could say pretty hurts. Non poisonous snakes aren't as brightly coloured.

Heat-sensitive pit

Poisonous snakes have a heat-sensitive pit between their eyes and nostrils. This pit is used to locate warm blooded animals like mammals. Non poisonous snakes lack such pits. This is one of the major differences between poisonous and non poisonous snakes

Rattle

All rattlesnakes are poisonous therefore, if you see a rattle or hear its sound, know that it's a poisonous snake.
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See the rattle at the end of its tail

Head scales

In poisonous snakes, the scales on top of their heads are usually small. Non poisonous snakes however have larger scales on top of their heads

Visibility while swimming

When poisonous snakes swim, they're fully visible because they swim at the surface of the water. On the other hand, non poisonous snakes swim partly or fully invisible because they swim deep. 





Teeth

Poisonous snakes have Fangs (Large Maxillary teeth with groves). you can identify fangs by seeing two long teeth in the front. Non poisonous snakes lack fangs, their teeth are even and uniform. This is one of the major differences between poisonous and non poisonous snakes
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Notice the two fangs

Bite marks

I just hope you've not been bitten by a snake. You could examine snake bitten animals though. The bite mark of poisonous snakes look like twin punctures because of the fangs. Non poisonous snakes' bite marks don't appear as two punctures.

Examples of poisonous snakes

  • Black Mamba
  • King cobra
  • Eastern brown snake
  • Coastal taipan
  • Inland taipan
  • Many-branded krait
  • Tiger snake
  • Boomslang
  • Mamushi
  • E.t.c
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Rattlesnake, Copper head, Cotton mouth and Coral snake




Examples of non poisonous snakes

  • Northern water snake
  • Four-lined snake
  • Eastern garter snake
  • Emerald tree boa
  • Rough green snake
  • Bull snake
  • black rat snake
  • Milk snake
  • Python
  • Anaconda
  • E.t.c
rough green snake
Rough green snake

Now that you know some differences between poisonous and non poisonous snakes

So long as you aren't a zoologist, please stay clear from snakes. Don't go experimenting. Stay safe. View and share the photo below. It is a summarised list of differences.
Summarised list of differences between poisonous and non poisonous snakes.
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