How to tell if a Snake is Venomous

There are a number of different venomous snake species throughout North America. Though you should never approach a snake regardless whether it’s venomous or not, it is still important to be able to tell the difference in case you or a loved one is bitten. If you have a snake problem on your property, contacting a professional animal removal service like Critter Control®  is always the best course of action to help keep your family safe.

Here are three ways to tell venomous snakes apart from the rest:

  1. Know Which Species are in Your Area
    Rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, copperheads, and coral snakes are the four types of venomous snakes found in the United States. With the exception of the coral snake, all are classified as pit vipers, and a simple image search will help you get a feel for their appearance. If you spot one of these on your property, call a wildlife control professional right away.
  2. Physical Characteristics
    Thankfully, pit vipers have some traits that make them more recognizable. Their heads are shaped like arrowheads or shovels, which is why some say to steer clear if a snake has a triangular head. However, most snake heads are somewhat triangular, but a pit viper’s head is much thicker than non-venomous snakes. On another note, rattlesnakes will often sound off with their trademark rattling noise to let you know you’re getting too close.
  3. Coral Snakes
    These snakes are the exception to the rule as far as appearance goes. They are venomous but their heads are rounded and they have slender bodies. What gives them away is brightly colored bands. The issue is that their coloration is very similar to that of the harmless milk snake. When trying to identify them, there is a simple motto to keep in mind. “Red touches black, venom lack. Red touches yellow, kill a fellow.”

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Don’t take any chances when you find a snake in or around your home. Contact the professionals at Critter Control® of West Palm Beach at 561-274-0224 right away. Our experienced technicians can safely remove any type of snake from your property.