One of my worst fears is being bitten by wild animals such as wolves, snakes and bears because they are easily found where I live with my family. But my degree of fear for these three animals is not the same. Even though bear and wolf seem to be more dangerous, I have learned that their chances of biting me are far much lower than those of a snake. And this is why it is important for me to know more about all types of snake in any place that I intend to go hiking. In this way, I would know which ones are venomous.

Why it’s important to know types of venomous snakes

According to statistics, most of snake bites do happen due to human error. It can happen because I am ignorant of knowing whether a snake is poisonous. Knowing the type of snake helps me a great deal in knowing how to behave in its presence, or how to respond in the event that it bites me.

Sometimes, a snake bites because it has been confronted. Experience has taught me that despite how dangerous a snake is, it will always tend to be reclusive if it is not confronted.

A poisonous snake values its venom because it is what it uses to catch its meal. This, therefore, means that even the dangerous snake doesn’t just bite. It would rather reserve that venom for catching its meal than bite unnecessarily.

Top Poisonous snakes and I can always identify them

Having knowledge about poisonous snakes helps me a great deal. Apart from knowing how to avoid them, the knowledge also helps me make the right decisions in case I find myself in a bad situation.

The coral snake

The unique feature of this snake is its distinctive black, yellow and red markings. In more often than not, a coral snake with red and yellow marking is very dangerous and it kills. However, the ones with red and black markings are always friendly but are still poisonous.

These snakes are usually found underground, under leaves and in forest areas, and they have reclusive behaviors. These snakes never attack unless they are provoked.

The rattlesnake

This snake has a thick, heavy body, and its head has a blocky diamond shape. Rattling it at the end of its tail is what gives them their name, and it usually acts as a warning sign to any threats. These snakes are found in swamps, forests, deserts and bushes. I usually identify these snakes by the sound of their rattle.

The cottonmouth

This snake is mostly found in South Eastern regions of the United States of America. It is a semi-aquatic poisonous snake, and it is usually found in swampy areas, around and inside waters. It is cold blooded, and it loves basking on the rock during the day. Its eyes have a slit shape, and it has dark cross bands.

The Copperhead

This snake is poisonous and likes attacking prey and other animals, but not people. In fact, it tries to avoid confrontation with humans as much it can. It is semi-aquatic and likes staying on rocks and under leaves waiting to ambush. It has a brown/red skin with irregular brown cross bands.

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