How Can You Tell if a Snake is Poisonous or Not? [Lakewood Ranch, FL]


It is a common myth to say poisonous when it comes to snakes. However as explained in the above graphic– snakes are not poisonous, they are venomous. So to answer the question, how to tell if a snake is poisonous or not, we will have to re-state the question. How do you tell if a snake is venomous or not?

A snake that has heat-sensing pits is venomous.  What are heat sensing pits? They are holes in the snakes’ faces that are called pit organs. These organs have a membrane that has heat sensitive receptors that can detect infrared radiation from warm bodies up to one meter away. (Just over 3′) As a result, these snakes can detect prey even in the dark. They are known the venomous snakes known as “PIT VIPERS.”

Triangular heads is another common trait in many venomous snakes. For example, the rattlesnake, copperhead, and water moccasin all have arrowhead-shaped faces. Also, if you are close enough to see—- PIT VIPERS also have pupils that are oblong, like a slit.

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There is one native snake in Florida that is venomous yet does not fit the above description because it is not a Viper. That is the CORAL snake. It is not a PIT VIPER as are the above, but rather is from a family of snakes called the ELAPIDS. For further info on the CORAL SNAKE please read this article. 



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Snake had receded into a dark area in the walls of the home. The Go-Pro camera technology was used to secure its location and capture the snake for removal.


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