The terms venomous and poisonous are similar but different enough to warrant a distinction—venomous means that the damage is inflicted through a bite, and poisonous means it is transmitted through consumption. Thus, snakes are—for the most part—venomous. Many species of snakes are actually harmless, but it's a wise decision to avoid interaction with all snakes. There are plenty of venomous snakes throughout the country, so read on to learn more about the snakes you might see! If you do spot a snake, find your local Wildlife X Team® by calling (817) 431-3007 today!
For some, the presence of snakes alone is enough for a call to a wildlife removal team. For the less panic-stricken residents, the threat of being bitten or pets/loved ones being bitten, potentially with fatal results, is certainly cause for concern. All snakes can disrupt homeowners' routines and/or cause damage, however, including curling up in warm spots on patios or porches, to regulate their body heat.
Is Seeing Snakes Really a Cause for Concern?
As mentioned earlier, many snakes are not inherently deadly, but you still don't want to interact with them them or want them on your property. Your local Wildlife X Team® technician can help remove snakes and deter them from returning. Call (817) 431-3007 to speak with a trained professional from Wildlife X Team® today!
More About Snakes
- Snakes are long, limbless, flexible reptiles. There are approximately 2,900 species of snakes in the world, 375 of which are known to be venomous.
- Scientists recently discovered the fossil of a snake more than 49 feet long.
- Snakes often flick their tongues, which allows them to smell the air, and they are ectotherms, which means they must sun themselves in order to manage internal body temperature. Also, snakes must shed their skin three to six times per year.
- Most species of snakes lay eggs, but some species give birth to live young. Snakes lay their eggs in a warm location. With the exception of some python species, eggs and young are not cared for by either parent.
What Do Snakes Eat?
- Snakes eat a varied diet, one that includes termites, rodents, birds, frogs, small deer, and other reptiles. Snakes tend to eat their prey whole, and they are even able to consume food that is much larger than their head by separating their jaws. To keep prey from escaping, snakes have rear-facing teeth that hold their prey in their mouths. Venomous snakes will inject their prey with venom. Snakes that are not venomous will simply squeeze and constrict their prey.
- Snakes do not hunt every day. In fact, anacondas and pythons can actually survive for up to a year without food.
Where Are Snakes Found?
- Snakes are found in every area of the world, save for Antarctica, and islands like Iceland, Ireland, Greenland, and New Zealand.
- Within the United States, snakes are found native to nearly every state, with the exception Hawaii and Alaska. Luckily, venomous snakes are not as widespread as non-venomous. Around 20% of snakes are venomous.
A quick way to gauge whether a snake is venomous or not is to check the shape of its head. Venomous snakes often have triangularly-shaped heads and have a defined neck. Their body shape is also plump, in comparison to non-venomous snakes. Rattlesnakes, water moccasins and cottonmouths are all venomous snakes.
In contrast to venomous snakes, non-venomous snakes are often a long, slender shape and have no defined head—it is just a continuation of their body. Though non-venomous snakes do not strike and inject venom, that doesn't mean they're not still fatal. Snakes like boa constrictors, anacondas and pythons are all non-venomous.