The best thing you can do is to learn about the snakes in your area. If you have seen various images of venoumous snakes, you will be able to identify them on sight.
That’s not really an option when you are face-to-face with a snake. If you can get a look at its head, venomous snakes generally have arrowhead-shaped heads, whereas non-venomous snakes have blunt or round heads. If you’re close enough to where it may be a danger to you, you might be able to see its eyes clearly. All venomous snakes have eyes like cats, with sharp pupils. The snake will have round pupils if it is non-venomous.
It is often difficult to tell if a snake is venomous or not. There are many snakes that mimic venomous snakes for protection! The best thing to do is read about the species found in your area and look for specific identification markings and attributes. Most venomous snakes in the United States are rattlesnakes, so you can look for the rattle. Others include copperheads and cottonmouths and coral snakes.
If you are bit by a snake and you feel tremendous pain somewhat comparable to getting acid into your body, you should immediately seek medical attention. Do not use a turnicate, try to remain calm, and get to a hospital immediate. Try to provide as many details about the snake that bit you, including a picture if you have one.
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