‘Ahh Snake in the pool!’
I launched in to the follow-up of ‘Snakes on the Plane’. Samuel L Jackson would dive in at any minute and wrestle a big black Mamba that had attached itself to my suddenly exposed nipple on my suddenly unfeasibly large breasts…
- Cottonmouths… are often loners, so if you see multiple snakes coexisting peacefully, it is probably not a cottonmouth.
So if you see a shit load of snakes you’re fine!
Who cares what the difference is – they are both bad MoFos
- Most of the time coral snakes will not bite - they are very shy.
Hope that you don’t meet a socially advanced extrovert Coral Snake!
- Nonvenomous snakes usually have a round pupil in the eye. Venomous snakes in the
(except for the coral snake) have an elliptical pupil like a cat's eye. It looks like a small vertical slit in the middle of the eye. This can be difficult to determine without getting dangerously close, however. U.S.
No Shit Sherlock! Ignore this top tip and don’t eyeball a snake!
- Rattlesnakes- Look for the rattle on the tail. If the snake has a rattle on its tail it is a rattlesnake, and therefore venomous. Some harmless snakes imitate the rattle by brushing their tails through leaves, but only rattle snakes have the button-like rattle at the end of the tail that sound like little salt shakers. If you can't see the rattle, they also have a heavy triangular head and elliptical eyes like a cat's.
OK- Bad advice! Hear a rattle? Don’t look for leaves or try to distinguish salt cellar sounds. A rattle usually means the snake is already pissed off and ready to strike. Don’t go eyeballing it as well to double check!
- Venomous Snakes in the
tend to have varying colors. Most snakes that are one solid color are completely harmless. However, some cottonmouths are also venomous so this is not a foolproof way to tell them apart. U.S.
Hey – top tips these! Ignore this tip too
- Nonvenomous snakes have a spoon-shaped rounded head and venomous snakes will have a more triangular head. This is because of the venom glands (this is less noticeable on the coral snake).
OK! Another top tip! Apply to all snakes – except Coral Snakes… again!
- Some venomous snakes in the
will have a small depression between the eye and the nostril. This is called a pit (hence "pit viper"), which is used by the snake to sense heat in their prey. Coral snakes are not pit vipers, and lack this feature. U.S.
So remind me again – how do I spot a Coral snake? Something to do with German flags…
- If the end portion underneath the snake is going straight across, then it is venomous. If it starts to interlock, looking diamond shaped, then it is safe.
Hey Snaky – roll over and let me tickle your tummy…
- Some nonvenomous snakes mimic the patterns and behaviors of venomous snakes. Eastern milk snakes can look like copperheads, rat snakes can look like rattlers, and harmless king snakes can look like coral snakes.
So – Use all the other top tips to distinguish…