Read About Venomous Snakes

Venomous Snakes are found in almost every country in the world. Everything you need to know about them is contained in this article.

Venomous Snakes - Facts

  1. Description:

    Only about 500 of the 3000 species of snakes in the world are venomous. Although some of the deadliest snakes in the world are known by their large front fangs, there are also poisonous snakes that have rear fangs. The venom of most of these species is not very dangerous to humans. Most deaths caused by venomous snakes are due to respiratory collapse.
  2. Varieties:

    There are only four snakes in the United States whose bite can be fatal to humans: the coral snake, the rattlesnake, the copperhead, and the cottonmouth water moccasin. Other common varieties around the world are the mamba, the King cobra, and the black adder.
  3. History:

    Fossils of snakes have been found dating back to prehistoric times.
  4. Physical Traits:

    There are three different types of fangs possessed by venomous snakes: front fangs (which are rigid and stick down from the front of the upper jaw), folding fangs (which fold back against the roof of the mouth when it is closed), and rear fangs (which are attached near the rear of the upper jaw).
  5. Other Defining Characteristics:

    Every species of venomous snake has its own set of defining characteristics.
  6. Habitat:

    Venomous snakes live in many different habitats, from deserts to forests to mountains and the ocean.

Venomous Snakes - Concerns

  1. Benefits:

    Most snakes eat rodents that carry diseases such as hantavirus.
  2. Liabilities:

    Venomous snakes are dangerous pets, unless the owner is a very experienced snake handler.
  3. Health Issues:

    Common health problems in snakes are mites, respiratory infections, parasites, abscesses, burns, blister disease, mouth rot, and shedding problems.
  4. Specific Care Needs:

    Snakes must be fed a specific diet catered to the particular species.
  5. Reaction to Children and other Pets:

    Children or pets should not come near to a snake (ESPECIALLY a venomous snake) without proper adult supervision.
  6. Special Household Needs:

    Make sure that the snake is kept in a LOCKED enclosure when you are not around, so that children or pets cannot get near it.

Venomous Snakes - How to Choose

  1. What to Look for:

    A healthy snake of any species should have clear eyes. The scales should be healthy, and there should be no parasites. It should be active and flicking its tongue.
  2. Supplies:

    Specific species of snake may need specialized supplies, but the basics are a tank large enough for the snake to move comfortably, a heat source, a place to hide, bedding, and something to climb on. In addition, you will need a good source for the appropriate food for the snake.
  3. Expense:

    Snakes, particularly those of the venomous variety, can be very expensive. You will probably need a special permit for the snake, and also be aware of insurance costs for keeping this type of pet.