Are you afraid of snakes? Very few people would call an encounter with a snake pleasant even if it’s just a harmless grass snake. Unexpectedly coming face-to-face with a snake can be a scary experience. There are some specific signs that can help you to distinguish whether the snake is venomous or not. There are so many species of snakes in the world that there can be certain exceptions. Nevertheless, these are some general differences that you should be aware of.
Look at its head 1:19
Pay attention to its pupils 1:43
Examine the space between its eyes 2:26
Note its color and behavior 2:51
Observe its tail 3:22
Beware of the way it swims 3:50
Snake-proof your property 4:43
Pay attention to trees and bushes 5:10
Choose the right shoes 5:39
Turn off the lights 6:03
Never follow a snake 6:28
What to do in case you’ve been bitten 7:00
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– One of the most obvious signs of a poisonous snake is its triangular head. Although not all venomous snakes have it, their necks are usually distinctly skinnier than their heads.
– Most venomous snakes have elliptical and vertical pupils, while non-venomous snakes have round ones. But non-venomous snakes can easily change the shape of their pupils in dangerous situations to look more powerful and frightening to their opponent.
– Venomous snakes have a little advantage over their non-venomous peers when it comes to hunting. They’ve got a heat-sensitive pit that helps them locate their prey through infrared radiation.
– Poisonous snakes are often more vibrant, both in their coloring and behavior. If you see a beautiful bright-colored snake, chances are that it is, in fact, venomous.
– You can always recognize a venomous snake by a visible line separating 2 rows of scales at the end of its tail. If you see a single row, you can sigh with relief: this snake is not venomous.
– Some reptile experts say that a lot of the time, venomous snakes can be recognized while swimming. They prefer to keep their entire bodies visible above the water as opposed to non-venomous snakes that swim with their bodies under the water.
– Whether you live in the country or you’ve got a summer cottage, the best way to keep snakes at bay is to get rid of their favorite hiding places: tall grass and fallen branches.
– Always wear closed-toed shoes whenever you decide to take a walk in the country or the woods.
– If you enjoy camping, here’s a little trick for you to avoid snakes. Cover up all sources of light as you go to sleep, and never forget to shake your clothes out in the morning.
– There are a lot of cases when people are bitten simply because of their curiosity. They only do it if they feel threatened, and stalking them will definitely provoke this reaction.
– The first thing you must do is to call an ambulance. Once that’s done, try to figure out if it was a venomous snake that bit you.
– As the ambulance is on its way, it’s crucial that you try to stay calm and don’t move.
– As for the popular method of sucking the venom out of the wound, it may not be such a good idea after all. The person trying to suck the venom out, whether it’s you or someone else, risks cross-contamination through the mouth.
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