Snakes are among the most frightening animals to humans, and because of this fear many people would sooner try to destroy these animals than understand their benefits to the environment. Snakes are beneficial in that they eat pest insects and rodents, helping to control the populations of animals that can be nuisances to humans. Only about one-tenth of all snakes are venomous, and not all of the venomous snakes are dangerous, or even deadly, to humans. Most snakes are completely harmless. And poisonous snakes do not hunt people; they bite when they are handled, stepped on, or otherwise disturbed. Their venom is most often used on their prey, not on people.
There are about 20 species of poisonous snakes in the United States, mostly rattlesnakes, cottonmouths (also called water moccasins), coral snakes, and copperheads. Many venomous snakes (with coral snakes as one exception) are categorized as pit vipers because they have pits on their heads between their eyes and nostrils. These pits help the snakes detect heat, making it easier for them to locate prey. Most venomous snake bites are treatable and don't result in any lasting problems. The deaths that do occur from snake venom frequently happen because the person was unable to get to a hospital soon enough. If a snake bite occurs, try to get to a hospital as soon as possible. In the meantime, a bandage can be wrapped lightly around the area just above the bite, and the limb where the bite occurred should be moved as little as possible.
by ngureco 7 years ago
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by Alastar Packer 3 years ago
Guess: What Continental U.S. state has no snakes?Snakes are an important of wildlife diversity. Many like them, some don't; but on one of the lower 48 is a state that doesn't have. Guess or maybe a few already know.
by mischeviousme 7 years ago
Why would one hate a fly for flying around the room? Who would hate a mosquito for eating? Who would hate a snake for defending it's self? Who would hate themselve's for dying?
by Nichol marie 3 years ago
What is the most frightening snake you have encountered?
by Holle Abee 7 years ago
Yep, a non-hubber left a comment that I am a "piece of sh*t" because I have killed venomous snakes. I don't kill non-venomous snakes, and in fact, we've rescued several of these critters. Sorry, but I'm not chancing losing another dog (two have been killed by snakebites), a pony (killed...
by Phyllis Doyle Burns 4 years ago
A Monacled albino cobra is on the loose in Southern California. http://news.msn.com/us/search-on-for-de … californiaAuthorities think the snake escaped from captivity and the owner has not yet been found. Why would anyone own a venomous snake? I have read so many news articles...
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