Monthly Archives: March 2013

CSC-Snakes of the United States mission, Project Noah weekly report 03/22/2013

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Greetings Snake Lovers,

Spring has officially launched (on a rather cold note here in Tennessee) and the snakes will soon be moving from their hibernaculums to their summer habitat. I can think of very few activities that are as fun as getting outdoors and enjoying the sunshine and wildlife! The spring CSC- Project Noah snake count will be here before we know it. Plan your trips and brush up on your species lists. Project Noah is a good place to test your identification skills.

This week at Project Noah, the Snakes of the United States – Center for Snake Conservation (CSC) mission has had an addition of 50 new spottings bringing the total number of snake spottings to 1,440. We added 24 new members to the mission, bringing the total to 655 users.  Thank you to everyone who has joined, shared the site and is contributing to this important mission!

The Project Noah: CSC-Snakes of the United States Mission Spotting of the week is this lovely Eastern kingsnake spotted by ZebulonHoover!:

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/18309044

Snakebite is extremely rare in the United States. And death from snakebite in the U.S. is even rarer. Of the 50,000 deaths that occur worldwide each year, only about 12-15 of those occur in the U.S. The top five states in which you are most likely to die from snakebite are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Alabama.

8,000-10,000 snakebites are reported annually in the United States.

Only 12-15 deaths occur each year in the United States, putting your chances of survival at roughly 499 out 500.

Approximately 3000 of these bites are classed as illegitimate, meaning the victim was handling or molesting the snake when the bite occurred.

85% of bites are below the knee.

50% of bites are ‘dry’ bites where the snake has not injected any venom.  Snakes can control the amount of venom they inject. They need their venom to subdue prey,  and they do not prey upon humans.  In fact, it is the humans who prey upon the snakes.

CSC-Snakes of the United States mission, Project Noah weekly report 03/08/2013

Greetings Ophidiophiles,

This week at Project Noah, the Snakes of the United States – Center for Snake Conservation (CSC) mission has had an addition of 27 new spottings bringing the total number of snake spottings to 1,390. We added 23 new members to the mission, bringing the total to 631 users.  Thank you to everyone who has joined and is contributing to this important mission!

The Project Noah: CSC-Snakes of the United States Mission Spotting of the week is this beautiful pair of mating bullsnakes spotted by our very own Cameron Young!:

http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/17628158

There are approximately 2,700 known species of snakes around the world. Out of these 2,700 species of snakes, only about 375 are considered to be venomous to humans. There are approximately 300 snake species in the United States. Of these, approximately 20 species are venomous, that includes 16 species of rattlesnakes, 2 species of coral snakes, one species of cottonmouth (formerly water moccasin), and one species of copperhead. At least one type of venomous snake is found in every state except Alaska and Hawaii. About 12 people per year are killed in the United States by snake bites mostly  attributed to the eastern and western diamondback rattlesnake. Copperheads account for more cases of venomous snake bite than any other North American species; however, their venom is the least toxic so their bite is seldom fatal.

 

     Here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a snakebite victim:

Do not try to catch, handle, or kill snakes. Stay at least a body length away from a snake unless you are certain it is non-venomous.

 

Keep your landscape well manicured.  Snakes like to hide in thick brush and underneath old boards and debris.

 

Wear shoes when outside and gloves when weeding.

 

Wear loose fitting clothes and leather boots when exploring outdoors.  Leather boots provide protection for the feet and ankles.  Low cut shoes or sandals should never  be worn in snake country, especially at night.  Rattlesnake fangs can penetrate clothing, and loose fitting clothes are better than tight styles.

 

Do not jump or step over logs, rocks, or shrubs.  Walk around them instead.  Be very careful when turning over logs, rocks or other large objects as a snake may be underneath.  When hiking, watch where you step, stay on paths or in clearings and avoid tall, grassy areas with heavy underbrush.  

 

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