Snakes in Florida

Snakes in Florida

There are a whopping 50 different species of snake found in the state of Florida, but only 6 snakes are venomous and pose a threat to humans. The remainder are harmless to humans and actually help the ecosystem through eating rodents, insects and other species that could easily over populate and cause havoc in the state.

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snakes in floridaWhether you are in Florida for a trip, or a Florida resident – approaching a snake can be dangerous. If you are not sure whether it is venomous, do not approach a snake. Like most snakes, Florida snakes are not going to be aggressive unless they feel threatened like most animals. In a majority of situations a human is injured due to an attempt to approach the snake, or even handle the snake. This results in a bite to the hand or foot. Please do not approach a snake that you are not familiar with, if you are not sure if it is venomous or not. If you find a snake that is dead or if you kill a snake, please do not approach it haphazardly. Snakes do have reflexes that are still in place after a kill – and can still bite you. This can result in a dangerous time sensitive injury or cause death. If you see someone who is bitten by a venomous snake, seek medical attention immediately. The best treatment will be an antivenin. On the way to a medical facility be sure to remove all jewelry in the event of swelling so circulation does not stop. Remember to keep the limb below the heart. 

Because there are many snakes in Florida, and identification is important there are books that reference this information. A good book for identification is  Florida’s Snakes: A Guide to Their Identification and Habits. Want to know more about the reptiles in Florida, including lizards and other amphibians? Check out Florida’s Fabulous Reptiles and Amphibians: Snakes, Lizards, Alligators, Frogs, and Turtles.

Learn more about venomous Florida snakes.


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