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Trivia Question: True or False?

All venomous snakes have elliptical eye pupils (cat eyes)?

 

 

Correct Trivia Answer: False

While ALL non-venomous snakes in the U.S. have round pupils, the venomous Coral Snake also has round pupils. Many venomous snakes around the world have round pupils as well (i.e. Cobras, Black Mambas and Inland Taipans, just to name a few).

 

 

Non-Venomous Black Rat Snake from Critter Control TriadSnakes

Few animals are more disliked or misunderstood than snakes. Most are beneficial because of the rodents and insects they eat, and most species found in the U.S. are non-venomous. When snakes enter homes or are seen around buildings, they usually frighten people, who then want them removed immediately.

One reason that many people become frightened when they find a snake is because snakes are difficult to correctly identify (ID). There are three ways to tell pit vipers (rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths) from all non-venomous snakes in the United States. Pit vipers have the following:

Venomous Copperhead Snake from Critter Control Atlanta

 

  • A deep pit between the eye and the nostril.
  • The pupil (black part of the eye) is vertically elliptical; in bright light it may be almost a vertical line.
  • The scales on the underside of the tail go all the way across. In some cases, the very tip of the tail may have two rows. All non-venomous snakes native to the U .S. have two rows of scales on the underside of the tail from the vent (anus) to the tip.

 

 

 

 

Coral SnakeCoral snakes have round pupils and their head is not distinctly wider than their neck, nor V-shaped. In the U.S., coral snakes are ringed with red, yellow and black; the red and yellow rings always touch, and the tip of the head (snout) is black. The coral snake's markings can be easily confused with non-venomous species, such as King Snakes, but the following ditty can help ID native coral snakes: "Red on yellow, kill a fellow; red on black, friend of Jack."

Most snakes (especially venomous ones) are not considered threatened or endangered, but they are important in their local ecosystems, and should not be killed unnecessarily. Several control methods can be used to discourage snakes from frequenting an area, prevent them from entering buildings, and to safely capture individual snakes that have strayed indoors. There may be extreme situations of heavy infestations, particularly of venomous species, that are best handled by qualified individuals, such as the professionals at Critter Control. Call 1-800-CRITTER (274-8837) if you need help with snakes near your home.

If you encounter snake problems don't despair, call 1-800-CRITTER (274-8837) and a Critter Control specialist can inspect your property for the presence of snakes and remove them for you.

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