Snakes; yes the reptile that scares people the most. While they are quite scary and intimidating, there are beneficial and non harmful ones. Therefore, knowing the difference can keep you out of harms way and also to let you know when not to fear. As scary as some animals, reptiles etc may be sometimes they may be doing you large favors in your yard!
First, before we touch on the differences, id like to point out why snakes are beneficial. Snakes maintain balance in the food web and balance the ecosystem. There are even some snakes that eat other snakes because they are immune to venom! Secondly, they are actually your house pest control security guard. So, snakes will eat rodents. While this may sound simple to you it’s actually more important than you think. Rodents destroy crops and spread diseases to humans such as Lyme disease. By them controlling the rodents in benefits the environment and us! Therefore, don’t be so quick to hate on these beneficial creatures!
In Florida there are only 6 types of venomous snakes. They include, Eastern Coral Skin, Eastern Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Eastern Diamond- backed Rattlesnake, Timber Rattlesnake and the Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake. Below are some ways to distinguish venomous snakes:
-Have a very broad triangular head
-Neck much skinnier than head
-Heat sensing pits in either side on nostrils
-Elliptical (vertical) shaped Pupil
Snakes; Non Venemous
Now, onto Non-Venomous. Below are some characteristics of Non Venomous:
-Head is triangular but is not as large and broad
-Has a round snout
-No heat sensing pit
-Round shaped Pupils
In reality, most people are not going to want to get close enough to look at these features. When in doubt, always call a professional to properly identify the snake. As we know, not every snake is made equal. Therefore, some non venomous ones may have a large head or look similar to a venomous snake vis versa. RH Miller is committed to your safety in and outside of your home. As with all of our services, our process starts with a free estimate. Call our offices @ 407-339-7119 to schedule your free, no obligation inspection, and /or treatment today!