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Do All Snakes Bite – What to Do if You Get Bitten by A Snake

Do All Snakes Bite

The simple answer to that question is yes.  All snake do bite.  The big question is what will happen is you get bitten by a snake?

That question has loads of answers all depending on what snake that is.  Most snakes are not venomous and will not harm you if they bite you.

Venomous snakes obviously will cause harm but that also all depends on how venomous their bite is.  In this article, I will go through all the possibilities of snake bites from non -venomous to venomous.

NON-VENOMOUS SNAKES

There are two types of non-venomous snakes.  The constrictor snakes and the fanged non-venomous snakes. – Do All Snakes Bite

THE CONSTRICTOR SNAKEBITE

Non-venomous snakes like the constrictor snakes do not need fangs or venom to kill their prey.  They will wrap their bodies around their food and suffocate them until death.

Do not get us wrong though.  These snakes do and will bite if they have to.  Their bite can also be dangerous as their mouths are normally riddled in bacteria.  They also can carry salmonella, salmonella is also very dangerous. – Do All Snakes Bite

THE CONSTRICTOR BITE

The constrictor has been known to bite their owners.  This especially can happen when you are feeding them.  Sometimes they can get confused with your arm or finger and bite thinking it is food.  This can easily happen if you have handled their food.  The snake will pick up the smell of the mouse on your hand and will confuse you with the food.  The best way to feed these snakes is to use tongs when handing thawed mice over to them. – Do All Snakes Bite

WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET BITTEN BY A CONSTRICTOR SNAKE

Most of the time the constrictor snakes will not cause any harm if they bite you.  Check the video below, you will see that the snake hardly breaks the skin.

Even if a snake only makes a tiny little mark you still need to treat the area.  Wash the bite area with warm water and seek medical attention as soon as possible.  The bite will not be deadly but can cause an infection because of the bacteria in their mouths. – Do All Snakes Bite

EXAMPLES OF CONSTRICTOR SNAKES

1. Anaconda

2.  Ball Python

3. Blood Python

THE NON-VENOMOUS FANGED BITE

Most of the non-venomous snakes do not carry any venom at all.  Some of them do however make poisonous saliva that assists in paralyzing their prey.  This saliva can cause some discomfort but is not deadly to humans.  Most of these snakes will not bite until they get severely threatened. – Do All Snakes Bite

Seek medical attention ASAP.

SOME EXAMPLES OF NON-VENOMOUS SNAKES

Here are three examples of these types of snakes: Hognose snakes, Garter snakes, and Rat snakes.

VENOMOUS SNAKE BITES

The best thing will be to stay away from a venomous snake.  Do not handle a venomous snake at all. It is therefore not wise at all to get yourself a venomous snake as a pet.  Venomous snakes must only be handled by a trained individual and even they are still taking a massive risk.

A bite from a venomous snake will need to be treated at the closest hospital within a few minutes.  Once bitten you must take a picture of the snake to show a GP.  The picture will assist so that you can get the correct anti-venom. – Do All Snakes Bite

PET SNAKES THAT EAT MICE

All constrictor snakes will eat mice.  The best way to feed them will be to thaw frozen mice purchased by Amazon.  You need to thaw a mouse before giving it to the snake.  Most pet snakes will prefer eating a dead mouse.  The live mice might be a good option but can injure the snake.  This is especially true if the snake has been fed thawed mice for a long time. – Do All Snakes Bite

PET SNAKES THAT EAT BUGS

If an insect runs near a snake, the snake will go for it and eat it.  So yes most snakes will eat insects like crickets and cockroaches.

THE ROUGH GREEN SNAKE

The Green Snake main diet includes all types of insects like crickets, cockroaches, spiders, Beatles and much more.  If you decide to keep a Green Snake as a pet you must make sure you have abundant food.  So, people who do not enjoy feeding a snake dead or alive mice, this snake will be a good option.

The Green Snake is super easy to look after as they can be fed crickets only.  This diet will be sufficient and this makes these snakes great pets.  They do however love moving around a lot and love climbing.  This is because they are insect eaters so they have to be super fast.  For that reason, they are not easy to handle therefore it will be easier just to keep them in their snake enclosure.

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The Rough Green Snake camouflages very well into any greenery.

THE GARTER SNAKE

The Garter Snake has to be one of the best snake you can own as a pet owner.

The Garter Snake is the best-distributed snake in North America.  They are also the only snake that inhibits Alaska.  The Garter Snake is a GREAT option if you do not enjoy feeding mice to snakes.

This snake enjoys eating earthworms in the wild or captive.  Although these snakes eat earthworms they also do eat fish.  In captivity, you can feed these snake small thawed frozen fish.  It is super convenient just to freeze some fish, thaw them and feed your snake.  They will even eat them directly out of your hand.

This snake is one of the only snakes that can survive eating fish and worms.  They can avoid the entire rodent diet.

THEY ARE VERY ACTIVE

These snakes are very active and not very easy to handle.  The obvious reason they need to be active is that they need to capture fish and crickets.

THEY ARE SLIGHTLY VENOMOUS

If you startle this snake they might strike you.  Their venom is not dangerous at all but will cause swelling and a little pain.  Almost like being stung by a bee.

THEY LET OFF A MUSK

In a defensive manner, these snakes will now and again let off a smelly musk.  The smell is really more of a repellent from the snake.  This discharge comes from their cloaca and they will actively wipe it on you.  The smell is almost as bad as a skunk spray.

PET SNAKES THAT EAT FRUIT

There is no snake available that will eat fruit.  All snakes are carnivores, this meaning they want to hunt and eat live prey.  If you try feeding a snake fruit they will not eat them and will die of starvation.

This type of question is usually asked by people who do not enjoy feeding snake live creatures.  If you really want a pet that can eat fruit then get yourself a monkey 🙂

CONCLUSION

I hope you found this article helpful.  If you have any comments or question please feel free to leave a comment below.  Please remember to treat all pet snakes with respect and make sure you have done thorough research before purchasing a pet snake.  Please take some time to read PET SNAKE – YOUR TOP PET SNAKE QUESTIONS ANSWERED

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