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Heavy head, rattle, diamond markings
Strike ½ body length, more if over 85F
Use tongs or sweep
Bite is serious. Wyeth antivenom.
Rare and valuable for venom work
Call a snake expert to remove.
Harmless snakes can rattle their tails.
Coral snake: Micrurus
Red touch yellow, kill a fellow
Nose is black, head is yellow.
Two look-alikes have red noses. Compare.
Burrowing snake found under leaf cover.
Physically weak, small mouth, doesnt strike
Very few recorded bites to humans or pets
Heavy gloves or scoop sufficient for handling.
Cottonmouth: Agkistrodon piscivorus
snakes are close look alikes.
More look alikes (1)
Babies brighter colored than
Banded, greenish brown, tan or black
Distinctive facial "mask"
Serious but not fatal bite. CroFab AV
into bin or handle with tongs.
Sistrurus miliarius barbouri
Babies can coil on a quarter, yellow tail tips
Grey with black blotches, faint red stripe
Rattle hard to spot, sounds like buzzing bee.
Bite does not usually require antivenom.
Small ones best handled with plastic scoop
larger snakes into bucket or bin.
for your safety:
Most bites happen because the human attacked the snake. Don't
Moving or containing a snake with tools is safer than trying to kill
or handle it.
Do not hurt the snake. A hurt snake is much more dangerous than an uninjured
If you don't cause the snake pain, the snake won't cause you pain. Move
A snake that is not scared or hurt is very easy to move
with a broom.
You can scare a snake away from a distance using water from the garden
Scared snakes usually leave and never come back. Let them go.
In Florida (and most other states), there are strict laws regarding
the housing of
venomous snakes and other reptiles. Because of the prime climate for
many non-native snakes in Florida, there are also laws regarding non-venomous
snakes as well so if you are considering getting a pet snake be sure
to read up on the local and state regulations. If you're new to pet
snakes, it may be a good idea to find an experienced handler to tour
your house as a home advisor. A home advisor will help you find the
best location for a cage and will also point out any potential escape
routes. As part of the requirements to receive a license to house venomous
snakes, a state licensed home
advisor will come out and review the premises so if that is your
ultimate goal having an experienced snake owner do an inspection can
be a big help. Always check with the local Wildlife agency, reptile
veterinarians or area zoos about the specific laws concerning reptile
housing for your area. Not only are there state laws, but often local
governments have set their own regulations
here for an interactive online guide to the Snakes of Florida.
Is one of these snakes in your backyard?
Click here to find out what to do.
the Florida Snake Quiz to test your snake recognition skills.
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