Snakes are possibly one of the topmost answers if you ask people about their worst fears. While there are many who would take snakes as pets, there are so much more who are terrified of them and wouldn’t even dare to touch even the least dangerous species. If you’re scared of snakes, the least you can do to feel better is by knowing more about snake facts.
Florida is home to over 50 snake species. Out of those 50, 6 are some of the most dangerous snakes. While most snakes would rather live in the wild where they can be away from humans and near their source of food, some of them wander into homes and offices.
Snakes belong to the Animalia kingdom, Reptilia class, Squamata order. They are under the Serpentes suborder. They are described as legless and elongated carnivorous reptiles. Snakes look similar to each other and it’s easy to tell that a snake is one when you see one. Snake species differ in size, length, and color.
Owlcation shares that only 6 out of the many snake species in Florida are considered dangerous and sometimes deadly. They are:
1. Southern Copperhead
Copperhead bites are rarely fatal for healthy adults but are very painful. However, they can be life-threatening for seniors, children, and those with pre-existing medical conditions.
2. Water Moccasin or Cottonmouth
Sometimes referred to as the Cottonmouth others the Water Moccasin, these snakes make the list of the most dangerous snakes in Flori because their bites are fatal if left untreated and can be very painful.
3. Timber Rattlesnake
Timber Rattlesnake bites need to be treated immediately because they are extremely fatal. If you encounter one, do not engage.
4. Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake
These rattlesnake bites are very painful, but if treated quickly are rarely life-threatening.
5. Eastern Diamondback
Diamondback bites are extremely painful and can be fatal especially if anti-venom is not readily available.
6. Eastern Coral Snake
Although quite rare, these are the ones usually found in homes. They don’t bite unless you grab them, sit or step on them. One drop of venom can be fatal and must be treated immediately.
Some snakes could be very tiny while others can grow very long and large.
- The World Atlas identifies the Barbados threadsnake (Leptotyphlops carlae) as the smallest snake in the world. It was identified in 2008 and weighs only an average of 0.03 ounces and can grow at an average of 3.94 inches long.
- If you thought that the movie Anaconda is completely fictional, think again. The Asiatic Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus) or the Giant Anaconda holds the world record for being the biggest snake ever. It can weigh over 500 pounds and can grow up to 33 feet.
- The Guinness World Records awarded Medusa, a reticulated python, as the longest snake in captivity. It is currently in Kansas City, Missouri under the ownership of Full Moon Productions Inc. In October 2011, it measured 7.67 meters or over 25 feet long.
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