Introduction to U.S. Coralsnakes

The United States is home to three species of venomous coralsnake in two genera. The Harlequin (Eastern) Coralsnake and the Texas Coralsnake are in the genus Micrurus, while the Arizona Coralsnake is placed in the genus Micruroides. All three species are venomous Elapids (Family Elapidae) and possess neurotoxic venom, which works to paralyze the nervousRead More

Countering Copperhead Misinformation

There has been some misinformation being spread around Facebook lately concerning Copperheads. The original post has been shared thousands of times, unfortunately, and can be seen here. Hopefully this post will work to counteract that misinformation and I encourage everyone who reads this to share it. 1. If an adult, or juvenile, bites you youRead More

FAQ

Do Snakes Chase People? The short answer is NO. There are several snake behaviors that are commonly misinterpreted as “chasing”. Please refer to this article – https://herpunit.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/do-snakes-chase-people/ How do I tell the Difference Between Venomous and Non-Venomous Snakes? There is no simple “trick”, despite what you may have been told or seen online. The reason isRead More

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