Found a snake in the pasture this morning. First (live) snake I've seen on the farm in 13 years. I know we have snakes in my neck of the country, but I think my barn cats must do their jobs well.
Anyway, green snake, lightly speckled. Kind of pretty. Maybe 3 feet long, an inch or so in diameter. We startled each other, and he reared back and made a coil sort of and was shaking the last bit of his tail like he had delusions of being a rattlesnake. But no rattles there, no sound, and rattlesnakes don't come in green speckled, do they? He was not happy to see me (nor I him ). I went on, but he was gone by the time I returned with the camera.
Is there a dangerous green speckled snake that might threaten me or critters? Or was he just shopping for mice - in which case good luck, as I have good barn cats. Should I welcome him or hoe him if I see him again?
venomous snakes are thick/short and have triangle heads....literally looks like someone took a hammer and hit them on the head. Although some rattlers get pretty darn big.
Look at pics of water moccasins, copperheads, rattle snakes...you'll get the idea of what the vipers look like. The only one that I know that is poisionous that doesn't share these traits is the Coral snake.
The venom is kept in sacs attached to the fangs, which are folded back in the snake's mouth. When it opens its mouth to strike the fangs unfold and the venom will be pumped into the prey, much like a hypodermic neddle.
Rattlesnake can be eaten, and no you won't get poisoned from the venom, since it is in the snake's head.
I was introduced to snakes at an early age. Both older brothers used to catch snakes, both venomous & non, to sell to the ATL zoo and places that make anti-venom. We had a basement full of creepy crawlies and they caught me how to handle them. I have pictures of me as a little kid holding a boa constrictor around my shoulder with a huge grin.
I don't kill the "good" snakes, as they are nice to have around the barn to take care of the rodents. But copperheads, moccasins, & rattlers get sent to snake heaven very quickly.
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