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Florida Snakes

10 Most Venomous Snakes in Florida

Although 50 species of snakes are found in Florida, not all are venomous and a danger to humans. A word of caution is warranted here. If you find a snake and you do not know whether or not it is venomous, the safest thing to do is leave it alone. Among snakebite victims, an unacceptably high number are bitten on the hands and arms when they are handling the snake— so just don't do it. In addition, for a short time after a snake is killed, its reflexes may continue to work. Those reflexes typically cause the body to writhe slowly for awhile, but they can cause a convulsive contraction and a bite, so you should not handle a freshly killed venomous snake.

The only acceptable treatment for venomous snakebite involves the use of antivenin. So if you or someone else is bitten by a venomous snake, seek immediate medical attention at the nearest hospital or medical facility. Stay calm, remove any rings that could restrict circulation if tissues swell, keep the bitten limb below the level of the heart, and immediately seek medical attention.

Snakes for the most part play a beneficial role in natural ecosytems, eating insects, rodents, rabbits, and other small prey. The 10-part video series belowmight help you identify the most venomous snakes in Floriday so you can steer clear unless you are a trained herpetologist

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