Dangerous Snakes in FloridaA
Do you have ophidiophobia? It’s an abnormal fear of snakes. Roles in literature and movies have led most people to have some symptoms of this fear. There aren’t many among us who are anxious to cozy up to the slithering reptile. However, many of the snakes that you may encounter, especially here in Florida are harmless and likely more interested in avoiding predators.
There are four species of venomous snakes that can be found in the central Florida. Most of them are found in wooded areas. However, if you encounter one in your home, it’s vital that you contact a company that provides animal trapping services in Tampa, FL. They will have the tools and experience to extract him safely.
In and around the Tampa Bay area, you may find the following snakes:
Coral snakes have a thin body and a classic red and black alternating pattern with thin yellow bands on their skin. These venomous snakes are 20-30 inches in length. They are often confused with scarlet snakes, sparking the saying “If red touches yellow, it can kill a fellow’ (eastern coral snake). ‘If red touches black, it is a friend of Jack (scarlet snake).” It’s important to understand the distinction between the two as coral snakes are among the deadliest in Florida.
Cottonmouths or water moccasins are typically 20-48 inches long. As their name indicates, they can be found near wetland areas. These snakes are also fairly common and can be found throughout the state. While a cottonmouth bite can be intensely painful, it’s not always fatal. Most cottonmouth snakes have darkly-colored bodies.
Diamondback rattlesnakes are notable for their size (largest venomous snake in the United States) and their vivid colors. They are easy to spot and extremely dangerous. They have a fast coil and strike speed and range from about five to six feet in length. If you encounter one, it’s best that you leave extraction to a professional. These snakes can strike quickly and are highly poisonous.
DUSKY PYGMY RATTLESNAKE
These snakes are small (15-22 inches in length), but can still pose a threat. Their bite is not fatal, but strikingly painful. Most have a color pattern that consists of splotches running down their back, intermixed with a gray color.