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COPPERHEAD, RATTLESNAKE, WATER MOCCASIN AND CORAL SNAKE

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Copperhead

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It is characterized by the rich copper colors with wide alternating bands that extend completely around even the underside. They can be expected to be seen in gardens, flower beds, and around houses.

Venom - Haemotoxic

Copperhead Snake
  It is found in hilly country from Massachusetts to northern Florida and westward to Illinois and Texas.
Due to their usual small size, the copperhead's bite is rarely fatal. Most adults of this type range in size from about 18 to 26 inches in length. It is a dangerous snake whose venom attacks the blood, but it is less aggressive, with shorter fangs and less potent venom. Broad triangular head, vertically elliptical pupils and a heat sensitive pit between each eye and nostril.
Copperhead Snake Mating takes place in spring and fall and females give birth to 4-8 young in August and September. Adult females usually give birth every two years.

When approached,they will either move away quietly or lay motionless, relying on camouflage to protect them. Occasionally, they will vibrate their tails. Bites usually occur when people unknowingly step on or touch unseen snakes.

 

Diamondback Rattle Snake
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake 

Size up to 6 feet.

It has characteristic loud buzzing rattler sound.

Their venom contains at least two poisonous, protein-based substances. One, a neurotoxin, depresses the action of the heart and lungs; the other, a hemotoxin, damages blood vessels and other tissue.

 Rattlesnakes feed on small mammals and reptiles. Like most pit vipers, they give birth from eggs hatched inside the mother.

It has forked tongue. The snake uses this to "taste" the air and find its prey. Pit vipers, like the diamondback, also use heat sensitive areas in "pits" on the front of their heads to locate their victims even in total darkness.

Rattle snakes are recognized by a loose, horny rattle at the end of the tail, which is shaken vigorously to warn off intruders. The rattle is formed when the snake’s skin is shed,  the end section of the rattle and an attached ring of the old skin are retained on molting. A new ring is added each time the snake molts, which may be as often as four times a year. The last ring on the rattle often becomes worn and breaks off, so that the number of rattles is not, as popularly believed, an accurate indication of age of the snake

     

 

 

WATER MOCCASIN OR COTTONMOUTH 

 WATER MOCCASIN

Water moccasin or cottonmouth, common name for a poisonous aquatic snake, one of the pit vipers of the viper family. It is called cottonmouth because the lining of its mouth is white. It lives in swamps.

It is a slow-moving snake with hollow fangs that inject a toxin destructive to red blood cells. The bite, however, is rarely fatal, although it is painful and can cause local tissue damage.

Brown or olive, with broad black bands across its body, the water moccasin averages 1.2 m (4 ft) in length. It feeds on fish and amphibians.

CORAL Snake

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  Venom - Neurotoxic

CORAL SNAKE

Brightly colored venomous snakes of the cobra family.

Coral snakes do not strike, but when touched they bite repeatedly, injecting a deadly poison that acts on the nervous system.

The snakes are marked with a pattern of brightly colored rings or bands that are black, yellow, and red.

About 40 species of coral snakes are known, most of them native to Central and South America.

 
 
 

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