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Not All Snakes Found in Water are Water-Moccasins

So often, people assume that any snake in the water is a venomous Water-Moccasin. Here are a few snakes that are not venomous, but almost always found in the water.

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April 29 2010 | Identification and Non-Venomous Snakes and Random and Water Snakes | No Comments »

Interesting Facts About Reptiles

This article illustrates the amazing diversity found within the animal kingdom. Below, I have compiled what I feel are some of the most interesting facts about reptiles and their behavior.

Interesting Reptile Facts

 

  • There are more than 8,000 species of reptiles on the planet, and the live on every continent except Antarctica (where it is too cold).
  • Most kinds of reptiles do not tolerate the cold very well. But the Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) is sometimes found swimming under the ice in the Great Lakes region of the United States.
  • Reptiles are among the longest-lived species on the planet. For example, large tortoises such as the Aldabra tortoise can live for more than 150 years. Alligators can live nearly 70 years. Ball pythons, a popular type of pet snake, can live up to 40 years (consider that before getting one as a pet).
  • Most of the world’s snakes (nearly two-thirds) are non-venomous. Only about 500 snake species are venomous, and of those only 30 – 40 are considered harmful to humans. In other words, less than 2 percent of all snakes are considered harmful to humans.
  • It is a fact that more Americans die each year from bee stings than from snake bites.
  • With regard to reptile fact #4 above, the opposite is true in Australia. There are actually more venomous snakes in Australia than non-venomous snakes. The inland taipan is one of the most popular of these venomous Australian snakes. Australia is the only continent where venomous snakes outnumber non-venomous snakes.
  • Certain types of snakes can go months without eating. This is especially true of the big constrictors, such as the Anaconda and the reticulated python. Snakes eat large meals (relative to their body size), and they have much slower metabolisms than we humans have. This partly explains how they can go so long between meals.
  • “Cold-blooded” is not the best way to describe reptiles. Their blood is not necessarily cold by itself. But they are ectothermic, which means they get their body heat from external sources. Reptiles cannot regulate their body temperature internally as humans do.
  • Snakes and lizards flick their tongues in the air to capture scent particles. They don’t smell through their noses like you and I. Instead, the use their tongues to collect scent particles and then pass the particles over something called a Jacobson’s organ to decipher the air around them. This is partly how reptiles hunt for food.
  • True to its name, the African egg-eating snake (of the genus Dasypeltis) prefers to dine on the eggs of other animals. It will swallow the egg whole, and then use tiny “spikes” extending internally from its spine to crack the egg open and swallow the nutritious contents. Lastly, it will regurgitate the unneeded egg shell in a neatly folded piece.

 

If you enjoyed this article and would like to learn more about this subject, be sure to check out the informational resources listed below.

Brandon Cornett is the pubisher of Reptile Knowledge, an educational website full of information about lizards, turtles, snakes and other reptile species. Learn more by visiting http://www.reptileknowledge.com Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Brandon_R._Cornett

June 17 2009 | Uncategorized | No Comments »

Rats at Night – National Geographic

January 19 2009 | Info and Random and Reptiles | No Comments »

Snakes of the Desert

When people think of the desert, they typically think of only the rattlesnake as being present there. In reality, there are a number of snakes that are capable of inflicting harm that live in the desert. They come in various shapes and sizes but all are capable of doing damage if not to an adult then at least to children.

The first type of snake is also the most commonly thought of. The western diamondback rattlesnake is the most famous type of rattlesnake but there are many others that exist. These are the most well known and have earned a lot of respect, with good reason. These snakes are extremely venomous and are also known for being easily annoyed. If one is seen, it is better to just leave it alone and go away.

Another venomous snake found in Arizona is the coral snake. These snakes have venom that is extremely potent; however, due to their small size, adults would have to sustain a prolonged encounter with many bites in order to be affected. The same is not true for children. Children playing outdoors are frequently attracted to the snake’s pretty colors. They then pick it up, which the snake doesn’t like, and get bitten. If a child is bitten by a coral snake, that child needs medical attention immediately. Coral snakes are between 12 inches and 20 inches in length and have alternating bands of red, yellow, and black. To remember which tri-colored snake is safe, just remember “if red touches yellow, it can harm a fellow; if red touches black, it’s okay for Jack.”

The Arizona Mountain Kingsnake is one of a variety of tri-colored snakes that is meant to resemble the coral snake. In this snake, the bands are the same color as the coral snake but the red and yellow portions are always separated by bands of black. Because these snakes are non-venomous, “if red touches black, it’s okay for Jack.” While memory devices are great, if a person can’t remember which is ok and which isn’t, the best safety lies in caution. Stay away from the snake and it can’t possibly hurt you.

The Common Kingsnake, a black and white snake without red or yellow bands, is another snake common to the desert, mountains, and shrublands. These snakes are active during the majority of the year. They are not venomous but rather kill their dinner through constriction. Their diet typically includes lizards, rodents, birds, and other snakes. They can kill venomous snakes because they are immune.

The gopher snake is one of the largest snakes in the Arizona range. They can reach a length of up to 8 feet. Gopher snakes are active in the cooler months during the day and in the warmer months at night. These guys get their name because of their tendency to eat rodents, which is a good thing. When they are not hunting, they will hide under rocks or in animal burrows.

The majority of the other snakes in the desert are harmless. If you don’t know if a snake is harmless or harmful, just stay away. For more information on caring for your desert pet, please visit http://www.phoenixveterinarianclinics.com.

Joseph Devine

 

January 19 2009 | Animals and Info and Random | No Comments »

How Do Snakes Move?

Snakes do not have limbs. They are just elongated structures. How do they move? Do you know that some snakes can move faster than a human? Did you know that snakes are found everywhere in the world except Anartica? They are found in forests, gardens, rocky areas, deserts, water, islands and everywhere you an imagine! Snakes use their bodies in a special way to get to where they need to. Their senses are specially equipped for the quick actions they need to take to survive.

There are three ways in which snakes use their bodies for locomotion -

Lateral Undulation-
Snakes use this method for motion in water and some snakes use method for movement on land too. In this method, the body of the snake flexes to the left and to the right, resulting in a series of rearward-moving ‘waves’.

Sidewinding-
This method is used mainly by colubroid snakes like the viper. This method of movement is used by snakes when there is no terrestrial imperfection for the snake to push against like a desert region. Sidewinding is a modified form of lateral undulation in which the snake moves the body segments oriented in one direction remain in contact with the ground, while the other segments are lifted up, resulting in a peculiar ‘rolling’ motion.

Rectilinear Locomotion-
This is the slowest method by which snakes move. In this method, snakes lift the scales and move them forward by pulling the body along with the scales. This method is used by pythons, boas and vipers.

Find out more about snakes at Snakes

Ronald Wesley is an environmental specialist who loves nature. He studies anything that moves.

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September 29 2008 | Info and Random and Reptiles | 1 Comment »

Slithering Into Summer

As summer approaches, grandmothers break out the old ice-cream churn, families gather to celebrate the warm weather, and children run around barefooted in the soft grass. As cookouts and camp-outs commence and the merriment of the warm season continues, many unsuspecting family members are unaware that uninvited guests are approaching from all sides.

Imagine a nice summer camp-out in your backyard. Suddenly, you realize you are not alone in your sleeping bag. Your foot touches something. That something moves! You realize that you are stuck in a sleeping bag with an unidentified serpent! As summer approaches, many different varieties of snakes are out and about, looking for food, water, shelter, and mates.

If you should encounter a snake in or around your home, it is best to leave it alone. Many venomous snakes can easily be confused with non-venomous snakes and it is never a good idea to assume. The presence of snakes might indicate that there are rodents in the area, as many snakes do feed on rodents. Some snakes, however, are insectivores and an insect problem can attract them just as easily.

One South Carolina woman noticed sounds of water flowing coming from her toilet when no one was there. As it was not likely some sort of haunting, the woman went to investigate. As she lifted the lid of her toilet tank to examine the nature of the problem, she was greeted by Pantherophis alleghaniensis, the Eastern Rat Snake, coiled around the inner workings of the toilet tank!

Incidents similar to the one above commonly occur throughout the United States, primarily in the Southern States. If you have encountered a snake or feel that you might have snakes on your property, it is best to contact professionals. If you want to know more about snakes or want professional help with your snake problem, go to: http://www.TrutechInc.com

 

June 20 2008 | Info and Random and Reptiles and Snake tips | No Comments »

Diamondback Rattlesnake Eating Mouse

June 05 2008 | Random and Rattlesnakes | No Comments »

How To Deal With A Snake In Your House Or Garden

If you happen to come across a snake in your house or garden the first thing to do is to resist the urge to attack it with a broom or stick or any other form of stick for that matter. Snakes can jump quite high and strike you just as well as if they were on the ground. Sometimes if the snake is in the house they may be on a slippery floor surface that reduces it’s ability to move efficiently. If this is the case the best thing to do is to place a heavy object like a big book on top of it. This will limit it’s ability to move still further. Be careful though. Use the book as a shield in approaching the snake.

Please note that I do not advocate killing snakes if you have any way of calling a trained expert to remove it. Snakes are a necessary part of the environment and play a vital role in controlling certain species. Only if you have no other option available to you should you consider killing it.

It is always a very advisable to find out about distinguishing non venomous snakes from the venomous ones in your area so that you don’t kill the non venomous ones by mistake. It is of the utmost importance not to kill non venomous snakes because they actually control the population of venomous snakes by actively preying on them.

If you have decided that there is no alternative other than to kill the venomous snake the next thing to do is to either chop it in two with a long handled, broad bladed garden hoe. I still say it’s best to call the PDSA and get them to send an expert out to collect the snake if at all possible. Usually they will catch it and release it somewhere far away from human habitat.

If the Snake is found in a drawer or somewhere difficult to access leave it alone, move all family members away from the immediate area and most of all do not attempt to interact with it at all. Call the PDSA, or RSPCA, and get them to collect it. If they do not have a snake catcher they will contact a trusted professional snake catcher.

If you come across a venomous snake in the garden the first thing to do is to get everyone away from it. If you actually do need to kill it, do this with a long handled, broad edged hoe simply chopping the snake in half as previously stated. Other tactics include spraying it from a distance with a high pressure hose or opening the garden sprinklers. This will have the effect of ‘persuading’ the snake to leave the area.

The thing to do after that is to find out why the snake came to your area. Do you keep rodents or birds? Are there birds nesting in your garden or in the eves of your house? Do you have a rodent problem on the house or garden. Note that in places like the USA this can be problematic because animals like chipmunks and squirrels are everywhere. Snakes, however, like mice and rats and other small rodents. Again in places like the USA, where buildings are mainly made out of timber, rodents often find easy shelter in the space between the outside and inside walls. If you hear scratchings or find evidence of mouse trails in your kitchen, get an expert to solve the problem. Remember, No mice, No snakes.

A mouse can get through a hole the width of a pencil with no problem at all. Make sure there are no holes in your walls. Fill them immediately. High pitched sound devices are now becoming a popular way to discourage vermin from entering our home. Evidence shows that there is some proof to this claim. Having one installed can be a good idea. Remember snakes always follow their food source.

Snakes do not take any active interest in humans and all contact between them and us in merely coincidental. The threat of snake bite is quite remote exactly for this reason. If, however, somebody in your vicinity is bitten it is important to establish the following procedure; move the person to a safe place and keep them calm. Establish what kind of snake bit the person. If you can safely kill it for identification, do so. If not, make a mental note of it’s markings. Call the emergency services to evacuate the wounded person or evacuate them yourself if they are not critically ill. Meeting the ambulance on the way is another good option. Keep calm and keep the patient calm.

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June 05 2008 | Animals and Info and Random and Snake tips | No Comments »

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