How To Tell If a Snake Is Poisonous?

One of the biggest fears connected with snakes is that of poison, and Cahaba Snake Trap™ is here to help quell that fear. We do our part to educate our clientele on how to tell if a snake is poisonous in . Our team is skilled in identifying snakes and their behaviors. Check out some of our most common questions regarding our traps and how to deal with venomous snakes.

How Are Snakes Attracted to Cahaba Snake Trap™?

The most important factor in this area is setting the trap in the right place. In the wild, snakes seek cover for protection and a place to wait for food. Our trap is designed to look like both. The snake is fooled into crawling in for safety and gets caught in the glue insert instead.

Why Is Our Trap Better Than Similar Products?

Our trap is made of a highly ridged plastic to make it extra strong. Said plastic gives the trap water-resistance, so it can be used in damp places and when sprinklers are running. The trap is designed to be used over and over; all you need to do is replace the glue inserts. You can order more of them if necessary. Our trap is consumer-friendly and safe for your children and pets. Its safety and reusability make it one of the best on the market.

How Can You Tell If a Snake Is Poisonous?

Though it can seem like all snakes are scary, the truth is that few of them warrant serious concern. There are only 4 species of venomous snakes in North America:

  • Copperhead
  • Rattlesnake
  • Water Moccasin
  • Coral Snake

All it takes is learning to identify these 4 from photos. You can safely assume all other snakes you see in North America are non-venomous.

What Is a Pit Viper?

Pit vipers have a small heat sensor, or pit, on each side of their head between their eyes and nostrils. The pit acts like an infrared heat detector to help them find warm-blooded prey. However, the pit can’t give them an accurate idea of the size of said prey, and snakes don’t see well at night. Ergo, if it’s dark out, a pit viper might mistake you for prey. Of the 4 North American venomous species, 3 of them are pit vipers: Cottonmouth, Rattlesnake, and Copperhead.

What Should You Do If You’re Bitten By a Snake?

Nowadays it’s believed that most methods of self-treatment cause more harm than good. The best thing to do is stay calm and seek professional medical care as soon as possible. Even if you’re certain the snake was not a venomous one, proper treatment is still important.

How Dangerous Are Bites From a Venomous Snake?

The answer to this question depends on who is bitten and how much venom is received. Small children are in more danger than adults because the venom is more concentrated in their smaller body mass. Regardless of the age, everyone who is injected with venom should receive medical treatment. It is estimated that 10-15 people die annually from snake bites in North America.

Should You Kill the Snake and Bring It To the Hospital With You?

No, the professionals don’t need to see the snake to determine the venom in your system. A simple blood test can give them that information. Medical staff rightfully advises against bringing any snakes—alive or dead—into the emergency room.

Do Rattlesnakes Always Rattle to Warn Us?

They usually do, but not always. These snakes often rattle because they’re scared and think they’ll be seen. If they’re secure in their camouflage, they probably won't rattle.

Can Snakes Hear?

No. You may have heard something about making noise to warn snakes of your presence, but this would be ineffective, as they are completely deaf. However, they can pick up small, minute ground vibrations of other creatures—including us—moving in their immediate area. It's one way they avoid danger and locate prey.

Are Snakes Really Afraid of Us?

Of course; they live in a world of eat or be eaten. They take one look at us and think, "I can't eat this thing, but it's big enough to eat me." It stands to reason that they would be very afraid of us.

Why Does a Snake Flick Out Its Tongue?

That tongue is where the snake's scent glands are located. When it flicks out its tongue, it "smells" the air, usually out of concern over another creature moving in its vicinity.

Do Non-Venomous Snakes Bite?

If they are threatened or cornered, even the less dangerous species will resort to biting to protect themselves. Their bite is not normally considered life-threatening, but it can be quite painful and cause bleeding, infection, and scarring.

Can You Tell a Rattlesnake’s Age By Its Rattles?

Not really, since a new rattler is added each time a rattlesnake sheds its skin. Considering they can shed their skin anywhere from 2 to 4 times a year, the number of rattles likely won’t match their age.

Do Snakes Lay Eggs or Do They Bear Their Young Alive?

The answer depends on the type of snake. Some lay eggs while others bear their young alive. In both cases, the "mother" does not act as such. Once the eggs are deposited or the baby snakes are born, the female's responsibility ends.

Can Snakes Bite While They Are Underwater?

Yes, they can open their mouths and bite even when submerged in water.

What Do Snakes Eat?

They are carnivores who eat quite the mixed diet. It can include:

  • Worms
  • Insects
  • Lizards
  • Small mammals
  • Birds
  • Eggs
  • Frogs
  • Fish
  • Other snakes

How to Catch a Snake

The best way to catch an uninvited slithering guest is with our Cahaba Snake Trap™. You just need the correct size, which we can easily provide. Our small 16-inch trap works for snakes up to 18 inches long. If you’re dealing with something bigger, that’s no problem either. Our large 32-inch trap will catch snakes up to 6 feet long. Each one is free-standing, rigid, and works in rain or shine. Check our testimonials, and you’ll see that the results speak for themselves.

Contact our associates for more information on snakes. We’re knowledgeable on many of the breeds found in the United States.