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4 Features That Will Help You Tell That A snake Is Venomous Or Not

James KE

Feb. 17, 2020

Our environment is home to a thousand species of snakes that live in our backyards, bushes, holes in the wild or sometimes, some may wonder into your bedroom. Snakes are beautiful and crucial for the balance of the ecosystem but when messed with they can turn into killing machines.
It is advisable that one should take precaution when handling when you encounter a snake because you never know if it is venomous or not. So, how do u know if a snake is venomous or not?
Here are some features that you can use to tell if as snake is venomous or not:
1.       It has elliptical pupils. A venomous snake will have elliptical, slit-like eyes, resembling a cat, rather than having round pupils.
2.       It rattles its tail. If you hear a snake rattling its tail, get yourself away. This behaviour is mostly associated with the rattle snake which makes serious knocking sounds when angered and ready to strike.
3.       It has a heat sensing pit. You might not be able to see this feature from a distance. The heat sensing pit sits between the eye and nose of venomous snakes. Getting too close to a snake to look for this pit is not a good idea.
4.       Shape of the head. Venomous snakes have distinct heads. While non-venomous snakes have a rounded head, venomous snakes have a more triangular-shaped head. However, some non-venomous snakes might mimic the triangular shape to repel predators.
5.       Scale arrangement. One way to determine if a snake is venomous is to look at its underbelly. If there is a single row of scales leading to the anal plate, the snake is venomous.
Try to get over your phobia for snakes by learning a bit about them. These simple features might help you identify a venomous snake and save a life. Be cautious though some snakes are good mimics and your curiosity might be the end of you, as the popular saying suggests.
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