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What to Know About Venomous Snakes in Maryland

The Northern copperhead is one of the two venomous snakes inhabiting Maryland. Be careful!

The Northern copperhead is one of the two venomous snakes inhabiting Maryland. Be careful!

Snakes live in rocks, rivers, water, grasslands, caves and holes. Desert snakes are capable of living under the sand. Snakes can live on every continent except for Antarctica, due to the freezing temperatures. There are 27 different kinds of snakes inhabiting the state of Maryland. Yikes! Don’t worry, they are not all equipped with life threatening venom. Of those 27, only two are venomous – the Northern Copperhead and Timber Rattlesnake. Let’s learn how to identify and handle snakes in Maryland.

Venomous Snake Features

Venomous snakes and non-venomous snakes have different features. According to Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, these are the features to look out for that indicate a snake is venomous and therefore dangerous:

  • Elliptical pupils
  • Heat sensing pit between eye and nostril
  • A much wider head than neck
  • Single anal plate
  • Single scales on the underside of the tail

Non-Venomous Snake Features

You are far more likely to come across a non-venomous snake in Maryland. According to Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources, these are the features to look out for that indicate a snake is non-venomous and therefore not life threatening:

  • Round pupils
  • No sensing pit
  • A head only slightly wider than neck
  • Divided anal plate
  • Double row of scales on the underside of the tail

How to Prevent a Snake Bite

Snake bites can be life threatening, especially for children. To prevent a snakebite, you should do your best to avoid venomous snakes. First, learn what a copperhead and timber rattlesnake look like – so you can easily identify them at first sight. If you are hiking or camping in tall grass, be sure to wear long pants and heavy boots. Carefully watch the areas where you put your hands, feet and sleeping bag. Do your best to avoid rock piles and stacks of boards and brush in wooded areas, as snakes often find homes in these places. If you encounter a snake that you believe to be dead – it might not be, so do not handle it. If you encounter a living snake, do NOT attempt to capture or kill them. If a snake has entered your home, it was likely by accident – but they have been known to lay eggs in and under foundations. Call a professional to have the snake removed and any potential entrances sealed.

 

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