Deadliest Snakes in the U.S

June 20, 2015. by

 

Deadliest Snakes in the U.S

IN THE UNITED STATES, THERE IS AN ESTIMATED 7,000 TO 8,000 VENOMOUS SNAKE BITES EACH YEAR. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE THE NUMBER OF NON-VENOMOUS SNAKE BITES. NO MATTER IF YOU ARE HIKING IN MAINE OR EXPLORING A REDWOOD FOREST IN CALIFORNIA, YOU HAVE A CHANCE OF RUNNING INTO A VENOMOUS SNAKE. IN THIS POST, I’LL BE GOING OVER THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF Deadliest Snakes in the U.S AND HOW TO POSSIBLE PREVENT A SNAKE BITE.

 

THERE ARE FOUR DIFFERENT SPECIES OF VENOMOUS SNAKE IN THE UNITED STATES.

RATTLESNAKES

Rattlesnakes are the largest contributor in venomous snake bites each year. This is due to their camouflaged skin. Most of the time you won’t see them until you’re too close. Even then, most rattlesnakes will give you a warning by Rattling their tail. They are normally won’t bite unless they are provoked or feel threatened, like if they are stepped on. It’s good judgment to just heed a Rattlesnakes warning and back away. Especially if you run into a Mojave Rattlesnake. They are the most deadly Rattlesnake in the U.S. A bite from the Mojave Rattlesnake is severely fatal if antivenom is not administered immediately.

 Rattlesnake

COTTONMOUTH/WATER MOCCASIN

The Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin snake are less deadly, but are very aggressive if provoked. They inhabit the swamps and waterways of the southeastern U.S. and can be seen out foraging day or night, so there is a high chance of seeing one if your in their environment. The color of their skin varies, but their main identification is by the white interior of their mouth. It look like cotton, which is how they get their name. They can also be identified if you see a snake in the water. Water Moccasins’ swim with most of their body above the water.

 Cottonmouth

COPPERHEAD SNAKES

Copperhead snakes a the most commonly seen venomous snakes in the United States. They also carry the record for the most venomous snake bites a year. They’re venom is mild, so they are not as fatal as other snakes. You should still get treated if bitten. These snakes can be found from Southern New England and all the way to Texas.

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CORAL SNAKES

The Coral Snake is the cousin to the Cobra and has the deadliest venom in the U.S., which makes it the most dangerous if bitten. Coral Snakes can be found in the Southern parts of the United States from Arizona to Florida. Since they are fairly small, measuring up to 39” max, they aren’t seen often. They are also very elusive, so they will slither away if they see you. There are non-venomous coral snakes, so if you see one and don’t know if it is dangerous, remember these riddles. “Red and Yellow, kill a fellow.” “Red and Black, friend of Jack.”

 coral snake

WHEN IT COMES TO SNAKE BITES, THE BEST THING TO DO IS PREPARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT THAT YOU WILL BE HIKING OR CAMPING IN.

1. Read up on the location to see what venomous snakes are in the area. You want to know their travel habits so you can avoid them. Then how to identify the snakes if you do encounter then. CLICK HERE for a good book on all the venomous snakes in the U.S.

2. Have the proper clothing on if you’re going to an area with venomous snakes. Most snake bites happen when the snakes are stepped on. There are Snake Shields that you can purchase to protect your ankles and legs from a snake bite. BUY HERE

3. In the case that you are bitten by a snake, see medical attention immediately. As a precaution, you can purchase a Venom Extractor kit. Now this is not a fix, but it can be used while your waiting for medical attention from a professional.  BUY HERE

While snakes are very beautiful creatures, it is best to just stay away. Getting bitten by a snake can ruin your trip and can possibly be deadly. Stay safe out there! Thank you for reading!

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