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How to Tell If a Snake Is Venomous?

Published: May 13, 2021

There are many types of snakes that exist, some with venom and others not. We know that it can be difficult to differentiate them, and that is why we are going to teach you how to tell if a snake is venomous.

How to Tell If a Snake Is Venomous?

Non-poisonous snakes swallow their prey alive. Therefore, they specialize in hunting small animals, such as mice or insects. Other snakes can attack larger animals. To do this, they inoculate them with a poison that immobilizes or kills them. If they feel attacked, they can also use this poison to defend themselves against humans.

The reality is that there is no method to know if a snake is poisonous, although there are certain characteristics that can give us a clue. We decided to create this post to list each of those characteristics that will help you identify a poisonous snake quickly.

Follow Our Guide to Learn How to Tell If a Snake Is Venomous

If you want to learn how to tell if a snake is venomous then you should focus on these five aspects:

The habits of the reptile. Venomous snakes tend to be nocturnal, while non-venomous snakes tend to be diurnal.

Be careful with the fangs: Venomous snakes have hollow or furrowed fangs on the front of the jaw. Its function is the injection of the poison. Non-venomous snakes, however, do not usually have fangs and, if they do appear, they are later.

Head shape: Venomous snakes often have a triangular head due to the greater mobility of their skull. Snakes without venom, meanwhile, tend to have it more rounded.

Pupils: Non-poisonous snakes have round pupils. This part of the eye, however, is usually elliptical in venomous snakes.

Look at the neck: the vipers, a very common family among poisonous snakes, have a fossa between the eyes and the nose that allows them to detect the heat of their prey. In addition, its neck is narrower than the rest of the body.

Follow These Tips to Keep Poisonous Snakes Away From Your Home

You should cut the tall grass first and remove the fallen branches as they are the favorite places of the snakes. Don’t allow the spread of rodents, they attract reptiles. You can use a liquid ammonia solution to spray the surrounding areas of the house; snakes do not like its smell, although it is not dangerous for them.

They become more aggressive in extreme heat conditions and during the mating season (June and July) so you have to be careful. A scared snake can be a danger to your family.

The Most Poisonous Snakes in Georgia

Georgia is a beautiful state with many parks, outdoor activities, and wildlife. Unfortunately, sometimes that means we come across creepy creatures, like snakes and spiders. If a snake feels threatened, it will bite, so it is important to know which common Georgia snakes are poisonous and which are harmless.

Southern Copperhead

Southern Copperhead

A copperhead is a well-known type of snake and, unfortunately, you should be concerned. While their average length is around two feet, they can be found much longer though.

Their typical habitat is the wooded lowlands, usually within the bottom of a river, where they can find hiding places in litter, trunks and branches. They have adapted to humans and can therefore sometimes be found in the suburbs and wooded neighborhoods of Georgia, even in dense metropolitan areas like Atlanta.



These snakes call Georgia home, and they are poisonous. Like its cousin Copperhead snakes, Cottonmouth are vipers. It ranges in size from 20 to 48 inches and can be found near any wet habitat, including streams, springs, rivers, lakes, ponds, swamps, swamps, swamps, reservoirs, retention pools, canals, and road ditches.

Timber Rattlesnake

Timber Rattlesnake

Two types of poisonous rattlesnakes can be found in Georgia, the Eastern Diamondback and the Canebrake. The Canebrake, also known as a Timber Rattlesnake, is quite large, ranging in length from 30 to 60 inches. You can identify these snakes by their black rattle and the chevron pattern on their body.

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