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