How can you easily tell the difference between venomous and non-venomous snakes?

I thought colorful snakes were generally more likely to be dangerous, but it looks like the ones in this article are non-venomous yet are still colorful.



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    A pretty general rule I’ve heard is red and yellow, you’re a dead fellow; red and black, you’re okay Jack.

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    There are approximately 116 species of snakes in the US.  Of those 116, nineteen are dangerous being in the cottonmouth, rattlesnake, copperhead, or coral snake category.  The dangerous Pit Vipers have a deep pit between the eye and nostril, the pupil is vertically elliptical, and the scales on the underside of the tail go all the way across.  Venomous snakes in the US tend to be varying colored and have a triangular shaped head.  Be aware that some harmless snacks will mimic venomous snakes and most snakes are hard to determine without getting dangerously close.  For a more detailed explanation of differences between venomous and non-venomous snakes please visit   

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