How to Tell if a Snake is Venomous or Not

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my name is michael Fulghum I am the

wildlife interpretive specialist here at

the Go Fish Education Center in Perry

Georgia this is part of the Georgia

Department of Natural Resources

Fisheries division and we're here today

we're going to give you a tip on some

things you might have in the state of

Georgia and one of the things is snakes

Georgia has 40-plus species of snakes in

the state of Georgia and of them only

six or venomous and most people when

they're in the yard they're outside they

may see snake skin now I want you to

know I'm saying snake skin not an actual

snake please do not pick up wildlife

especially snakes or any other type of

Wildlife leave the wildlife wild now if

you find snake skin

just snake skin there are several

different things you can use to tell

what type of snake it is a lot of people

on snakes think of the eyes well you're

not going to be able to see the type of

iris or pupil the snake has so you want

to look at some other different factors

if it's usually has a rounded head the

snake is non-venomous if it has a more

diamond or triangular shaped head it's

venomous but one of the main things I

want to point out is on a non-venomous

versus a venomous snake is the tail now

contrary to popular belief snakes do

have a tail they are not one long tail

with a head one of the things we're

going to look at and I'll direct my

attention to this corn snake if you'll

look carefully on this corn snake she

has a tail down here at the base of her

body and it starts with the anal vent it

looks like a thumbnail and then after

that is the actual tail there's a short

tail if you find a scale on snake skin

the bottom of the snake's skin that

looks like a thumbnail from there back

you can tell if it's non-venomous if it

is double road if there are two roads

side-by-side of scales from the anal

vent back it is non-venomous if there is

not if it's single road scales from the

anal vent back then it is venomous you

know what you have in your yard then and

this is something good to know for if

you have children you need to be aware

of a venomous

make or if you're just worried about it

you can put your mind at ease if it is a

non-venomous snake but these are some

things we want you to look at if you

ever occur or find snake skin in your

yard now if you have a problem with

wildlife in your yard or on your

property or you even find a venomous

snake skin and you're worried about it

you can call the DMV in our office by

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