How to Tell If a Snake Is Venomous

Posted on July 7, 2017 by Animal Capture

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Telling if a snake is venomous or not is an excellent way to properly determine your response to the situation. The first important fact to know is that the majority of snake species are non-venomous, and in the U.S., more specifically, you can only find four venomous species of snakes. These are cottonmouths, rattlesnakes, coral snakes, and copperheads. If you discover any of these snakes, you should call for animal capture and wait for a snake-removal team to arrive.

One method to use when deciding if a snake is a cottonmouth is by looking at the eyes. Cottonmouths have elliptical eyes, and, in addition, they have a white stripe on the side of their head. In this case, you should leave the wildlife removal to a professional snake-removal service. You can identify a rattlesnake by its rattle or its large triangular head. Copperheads are usually a coppery brown color, but this can vary. Coral snakes can be identified by their color pattern, with the red of their bodies touching the yellow.

Aside from those specific signs, there are more general variances you can use to tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes. Non-venomous snakes are typically one solid color; whereas, venomous snakes are different colors, which should influence your decision to contact wildlife removal in LA. Non-venomous snakes also usually have a head shaped like a spoon, and venomous snakes have triangular heads, so contact snake removal in LA if you see a triangular-shaped head. Also, try to see if you can spot a rattle or hear its distinctive sound, because if you can, the snake is definitely venomous. For any snake removal, venomous or not, please contact Animal Capture Wildlife Control today at (310) 551-0901!