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Dealing with non-venomous snake bites
To start out with, I feel that most cases of snakebite are NOT the snake's fault, but rather the fault of the person who is working with or around the snake. People can easily avoid snakebites by using some common sense. Over the years, several snakes have bitten me. I have suffered bites from various rat snakes, kingsnakes, racers, gophers, water, garters, ribbons, Burmese pythons, ball pythons, and rosy boas. I did have a female western hognose snake that seemed to have a strange fascination with wanting to chew on my fingers; however, I have never allowed her the opportunity to latch...
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Amazon Tree Boa (Corallus enydris)
Order: Squamata, Family: Boidae
The Amazon Tree Boa is one of the most geographically widespread and frequently encountered species of neotropical snakes. The boas' range stretches from southwestern Costa Rica, Panama, and northern South America, through most of Venezuela and Guyana, and south and westward through Amazonian Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. This species was introduced to small islets off the Atlantic and Pacific shores of Panama, Trinidad and Tobaga, and Grenada.
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Louisiana Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum amaura)
The Louisiana milk snake is one of four coral snake-pretenders in Texas. Although non-venomous, Louisiana milk snakes look like highly venomous coral snakes-they both have bands of black, red, and yellow. They grow to a length of 16 to 24 inches (40 to 69 cm). Louisiana milk snakes have alternating bands, in order, of black-red-black-yellow-black. The red bands are solidly colored and are wider than the yellow or black bands. Its black head is slightly pointed, and its scales are shiny.
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Pipe Snake (Anilius scytale)
Order: Squamata, Family: Aniliidae
Neotropical: The geographic range of this snake is South America. The pipe snake is approximately 75 cm in length. This species has red and black rings around it and a bright red underside. The red is displayed as a warning when provoked. The snake has an external claw on each side of the anal opening. Hind limbs and a pelvic girdle are present as well. Vestigial eyes lie beneath a large head shield. Anilius scytale is characterized by its solid, dense skull bones, useful when burrowing. The left lung is reduced giving more room to internal organs. There is no cranial kinesis. This species is...
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Dwarf Python (Python anchietae)
The dwarf python has a broad head and small, tubercular head shields. Its upper lip has five heat-sensitive labial pits. Its body scales are small, smooth and in 57 to 61 rows. The dwarf python's head has a large, triangular reddish-brown mark that is bordered by a white, black-edged band. Its body is pale red-brown, with black-edged, white spots and bands. Its belly is yellowish with a few brown spots.
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Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)
Order: Squamata, Family: Colubridae
This is a common and abundant species throughout North America. It is the most common of the many species of garter snakes. It is the only snake species in Alaska, and ranges further north there and in Canada than any other North American reptile. In the east it occurs all the way south to Florida and Texas, but is absent from the arid southwest.
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Arizona Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana pyromelana)
Order: Squamata, Family: Colubridae
Arizona mountain kingsnake hatchlings measure 8 to 13 inches in length; adults grow to 18 to 44 inches long. A colorful reptile, the kingsnake is banded with thin black bands between thicker red and white ones. Its snout is white or yellow, and its head is usually black on top, sometimes with flashes of red over the eyes. The kingsnake's large eyes sit on the sides of its head, and its nostrils are placed astride its snout.
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Rainbow Snake (Farancia erythrogramma)
Order: Squamata, Family: Colubridae
Nearctic: Because Farancia erythrogramma needs a hot, moist environment, it lives in the South Eastern United States. It can be found most often in South Carolina and Florida. Other states where F. erythrogramma can be found include Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Virginia.
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Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta)
Order: Squamata, Family: Colubridae
The rat snake varies in color from almost solid black to brown, green or yellow and may have stripes or blotches. The snake's coloration tends to reflect its environment. Rat snakes grow to about 3 to 8 feet in length. They have round pupils.
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Retic Python (Python reticulatus)
Extremely large: typically grows to between 15-20 feet in length and weights 70-100 pounds though can grow to over 30 feet in length and weigh between 200-250 pounds. Tan to purplish-brown; yellow or white belly; orange eyes; highly iridescent. Geometric pattern incorporating many different colors; series of irregular diamond shapes positioned along back flanked with smaller markings and light center creating netlike pattern. Unmarked yellowish head with dark, thin line running from each eye to jaws. Big head distinctly wider than neck.
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Sharp-tailed Snake (Contia tenuis)
Order: Squamata, Family: Colubridae
Nearctic: The Sharp-tailed Snake (Contia tenuis) is a North American species generally found in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range from southern California to southern British Columbia and along the Pacific Coast of California. In California, this species can be found in and along the mountains from Eureka to central San Luis Obispo, and along western slope of the Sierras in the foothills and at middle to low elevations (max altitude 2130 m (7000 ft.).
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Speckled Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getulus holbrooki)
Order: Squamata, Family: Colubridae
Hatchling is 7-9 inches in length; adult grows to between 35-48 inches in length. Shiny black or dark brown with small spots ranging from yellow-orange to creamy white or ivory white, and sometimes spots blend together creating a banded appearance; yellow belly with occasional black sections; 2-4 yellow lines on edges of head; juvenile tends to be dark olive-green. Large eyes at the sides of the head and nostrils at the sides of the snout, with a muscular body and neck. Nonvenomous.
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Western Hognose Snake (Heterodon nasicus)
Order: Squamata, Family: Colubridae
Grows to approximately 16-25 inches in length. Heavy-bodied, broad neck, spade-like upturned snout and enlarged teeth toward rear of upper jaw. Base color IS pale brown, buff, or gray; large dark brown spots on back, smaller spots on sides; and "washed" black belly.
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Burmese Python / Asiatic Rock Python (Python molurus bivittatus)
Order: Squamata, Family: Pythonidae
The Burmese python is the largest subspecies of the Indian python. Large and muscular, this python species typically grows to 18 to 33 feet in length and weighs between 200 and 300 pounds. The Burmese python is uniformly pale tan, yellow-brown or gray with reddish-brown blotches outlined in cream or gold. It has a yellow or white belly, and orange eyes with vertical pupils and no eyelids. The Burmese python's large head is distinctly wider than its neck.
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Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)
Order: Squamata, Family: Colubridae
Nearctic: Brown water snakes are found in southeastern North America, along the Coastal Plain from Virginia south through the lowlands of the Carolinas, most of Georgia, all of Florida and southern Alabama.
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Boa Constrictor
Order: Squamata, Family: Boidae
The boa constrictor is cream-colored to brownish on top. A series of markings become wider toward its tail with color intensifying to deep red-brown edged with black and cream. It has an irregular rhombic pattern on its flank. The boa averages 6 to 12 feet in length, and weighs 30 to 40 pounds.
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Native Snakes
Several pythons native to Australia can be found lazing about at the Australia Zoo. Bert and Ernie, two black-headed pythons, are both 8 years old. They are very quiet and well-behaved, traits not often associated with wild black-headed pythons, which can be quite aggressive. Black-headed pythons live in the dry coastal forests, rocky hills and peripheral desert regions of northern Australia. They are commonly found sheltering in burrows, hollow logs and beneath ground debris.
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Anaconda
Order: Squamata, Family: Boidae
Anacondas may grow to more than 29 feet, weigh 550 pounds or more, and measure more than 12 inches in diameter. The female typically outweighs the male. The anaconda has a large head and thick neck; its eyes and nostrils are positioned on top of its head. It is extremely muscular.
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Bunny vs Snake
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