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A Guide to Snake Identification

Introduction Hundreds of snakes are needlessly killed each year because of mistaken identity, fear, and misunderstanding. Very often when a snake is found near a home, people panic and may even assume that the snake is dangerous or venomous.

by Andrew L. Shiels

by Andrew L. Shiels Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commision Pennsylvanians are like people throughout the United States and around the world in their perceptions of and interactions with snakes.

Snakes of Missouri

S nakes have generated more fear and misunderstanding than any other group of animals. Psychologists have proved that a fear of snakes is acquired; weare not born with it.


Wash the bite with soap and water. Immobilize the bitten area and keep it lower than your heart. What not to do if bitten by a venomous snake Do not attempt to draw venom from a wound by sucking.

general Biology

Snakes Wildlife damage Control 15 Snakes can be found in most areas of Pennsylvania. They are among the most feared and misunderstood animals, yet many people fear them without knowing much about them.

Com­m­on Snakes

COMMON-REMEMBER: Snakes are an important resource in the natural environment. They are prime controlling agents of rodent, insect, and other reptile populations.

Color brochure describing snake species in NY State

S N A K ES of New York A Sampler of Our Most Commonly Seen Species A familiar shape to most people, snakes are legless vertebrates whose long bodi es are covered with scales.

Snakes of West Virginia

3 Snakes Of West Virginia B ecause of irrational fears, snakes are perhaps the most misunderstood creatures in West Virginia. These fears that are passed from one generation to another make many state residents shudder at the very thought of snakes.

Venomous Snakes of NC

Acknowledgments Documenting a state's natural resources requires the combined efforts of many institutions, dedicated professionals, and a concerned public, and we thank all who assisted in the production of this booklet.

Introduction to the Snakes of Oklahoma

Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources • Oklahoma State University F-9010 Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Fact Sheets are also available on our website at: http://www.osuextra.com George R. Cline Museum Preparator OSU Zoology Department Steven Anderson Extension Forester Forty ...