Facebook Group Rules

The following rules apply to our facebook group, Wild Snakes : Education & Discussion.  The reason our group is so successful is because we DO enforce these rules. All of the rules are enforced with a MUTE at staff discretion. That should be taken as a warning. Repeat offenses will result in a BAN. ContactingRead More

Juvenile Ratsnakes (Pantherophis)

One of the most common snakes seen in and around houses are the ratsnakes (Pantherophis species). Unfortunately, the juvenile ratsnakes are often mistaken for copperheads and/or rattlesnakes. When approached they may put on a defensive display of gaping, coiling up, and shaking their tail. This behavior can startle people unfamiliar with them. Of course, thisRead More

Introduction to New World Coralsnakes

New World Coralsnakes are native to North and South America. Three genera are represented (Micrurus, Leptomicrurus, and Micruroides). These venomous snakes are within the family Elapidae. Coralsnake venom is mainly neurotoxic, although many of them also possess several other types of toxins, including cardiotoxins and cytotoxins. Bites are somewhat uncommon (especially in the U.S.) butRead More

Snake Salivary Glands

Discussion from the WSED Facebook group (you have to be a member to read posts): Do venomous snakes have salivary glands other than the obvious ones attached to the fangs? If so, does the saliva contain the same structures as their venom? Snakes have many different salivary glands. The venom glands evolved from a salivaryRead More