SNAKE Identification


Old 06-05-10, 08:48 AM
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SNAKE Identification

Just some information I would like to share.

I am no expert but I have done a lot of research on snakes.
I stand to be corrected if wrong but this has never failed me.
I live in Alabama and we only have four venemous snake species.
Cottonmouth (Water Mossican)
Coral snake
All the above, except the Coral snake, can be identicied, by some people, by ther phyisical caracteristics, Large head, thick, short body, eliptical eyes and the pit (hole) between the eye and nostral.
All this is good except when you cut the snakes head off or you find a snake skin in your home, but I have found another means of identification.
A vinimous snake such as the Rattlesnake, Copperhead, or Cottonmouth can be identified by the underside of their body.
On these Venemous snakes the under belly scales will be the same to the tip of their tail.
Non venemous under belly scales will be broken from the anus to the tip of their tail.
As I stated this can be very assuring if a snake skin is found in or around your home because this scale identification will be on the skin.
I hope this will be helpful to some. and not an encouragement to "play" with a snake
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Old 06-05-10, 09:19 AM
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Washington DC has the largest concentration of snakes in the US. Many of them very dangerous.

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Old 06-05-10, 01:19 PM
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Of the two-legged variety? Snake phobic myself.

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