Snakes-Venomous or Harmless?

@SonjaRae (5015)
United States
May 19, 2019 2:00pm CST
Walking to my mailbox as I do every evening when I get home from work and I happened to catch a glimpse of something moving. Once I focused on it, I froze. Not being familiar with snakes, I had no idea if this was a friend or foe, so I cautiously observed it, took my phone out to take pictures so I could try and identify it and notify our property manager in case tenants need to be alerted. As far as I can tell this is related to the King Snake family, possibly a rat snake which if I am correct, are harmless. Regardless, me and snakes are not going to get along well. Photo my own.
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@AKRao24 (23465)
• India
19 May
There are venomous and non venomous in nature! Mostly venomous snakes don't appear to human beings as they have their own way of finding the food 1 Most of the times we get to see not venomous snakes! Please make a note that a venomous wont attack any one unless it feels threatens of its life, as the venom is required for their digestion which they inject into their pray and they can just produce the venom once in 30 days or more!
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
19 May
Thank you for such a detailed enlightenment. I do appreciate it sounds like you know a thing or two about snakes!
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@AKRao24 (23465)
• India
19 May
@SonjaRae , In fact ,I wanted to spread awareness about the snakes, as I am a Vet and staying on a Equine Stud Farm and we are surrounded with lot of snakes and I got a treasure about the snakes!
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
19 May
@AKRao24 I can imagine! Vet? What branch? Thank you for your service! I have 2 sons both retired Army.
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@VivaLaDani13 (32418)
• Perth, Australia
19 May
@SonjaRae oh wow! I would have froze too! I'm not too familiar with snakes. I should probably learn though. Same with spiders. Though I have a pretty good idea about most of them here. I'm glad that this snake wasn't feeling threatened enough to want to jump out at you.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
19 May
LOL Dani! If it had lunged at me, I probably wouldn’t have made this post. I would’ve had a heart attack!
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• Perth, Australia
19 May
@SonjaRae Oh but I am so glad you're alive! I probably would have had a heart attack too.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
19 May
@VivaLaDani13 Right!!!!
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@iamdahmmy (1893)
• Lagos, Nigeria
19 May
Not all snakes are poisonous.. We see snakes here all the time..A snake won't attack you if it is not threatened
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
19 May
I understand that there are venomous and nonvenomous it’s just when you come across one it’s hard to tell what it is just from first glance.
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@iamdahmmy (1893)
• Lagos, Nigeria
19 May
@SonjaRae yeah..its difficult to tell from the first glance..The snake control people can be called to remove the snake for safety purpose
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
19 May
@iamdahmmy I figured as much but felt the property management should be the ones to address it and I wasn’t going to sit all night to keep an eye on this guy, especially after dark! LOL
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@andriaperry (83384)
• Anniston, Alabama
19 May
As far as I know all snake bites will make you sick, plus, who the hell wants to get bit?
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
19 May
I am with you there! I kept my distance. LOL
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@myklj999 (28991)
• Olney, Illinois
19 May
I've been bitten many times, it has never made me sick, but it has hurt a time or three...
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
20 May
@myklj999 Yikes! Bitten? Oh no!
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@Corbin5 (149240)
• United States
19 May
I have only encounter garden snakes, also know as garter snakes, here. They are harmless but they still startle me.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
19 May
Oh I understand!
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@marguicha (122022)
• Chile
20 May
For me, all snakes are foes. I´m happy that we don´t have them where I live.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
20 May
I can imagine. No fun to run across them for sure!
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@marguicha (122022)
• Chile
20 May
@SonjaRae No. Although we also have our foes. There´s the brown recluse spider living with us.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
21 May
@marguicha yikes!!!
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@LadyDuck (230199)
• Switzerland
20 May
I looked closely and I am pretty sure it's not a venomous snake, it is harmless, but it is a snake and I cannot stand snakes.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
20 May
Me either Anna. They scare me!!!
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@LadyDuck (230199)
• Switzerland
21 May
@SonjaRae There are two harmless that come time by time to visit our garden. I always look carefully before going out. I do not care if they are useful, I do not want to meet one.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
21 May
@LadyDuck I don’t blame you!
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@myklj999 (28991)
• Olney, Illinois
19 May
Everyone freaks on snakes.,..they don't bother me. Now, spiders are different
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
20 May
Oh Spiders I can squish! Snakes on the other hand creep me out.
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• United States
24 May
@SonjaRae I even have a difficult time squishing them. I'd take a damned jackhammer to a tiny one. LOL
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
24 May
@TheSojourner Now that’s funny!
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@Lolaze (4228)
• St. Louis, Missouri
19 May
We have black snakes around here. I let them do their thing but my mom freaks and makes me kill them if she sees them. The only one I’ve killed by my choice is one that decided to rear up and hiss at me as I walked past it at a 3 foot distance. I looked at it and said “Okay, you gonna die.” I cut his head off with a well aimed slam from a metal shovel. I don’t tolerate snakes with attitude.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
20 May
LOL! Too funny!
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• United States
24 May
*laughs* @Lolaze Great story.
@CarolDM (32628)
• United States
23 May
I try to avoid them as much as possible!
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
24 May
LOL! I understand that one
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@JohnRoberts (85051)
• Los Angeles, California
19 May
The best plan is to avoid snakes!
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
20 May
Avoid at all costs!
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• Peoria, Arizona
19 May
That is a gorgeous snake! I don't know snake breeds that well, there are just so many but generally, most snakes are harmless or if they are venomous they normally do not go around humans that much. Most snakes will do a bluff strike to spook you to make sure you get away but most won't bite unless you bother them. And even if it was a venomous snake, the hospital would have anti-vemon for sure so there really isn't a reason to worry. Snakes are just trying to survive, find that next meal, and find somewhere warm.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
20 May
Oh I do understand. We co-exist!
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@KristenH (27502)
• Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
19 May
I don't know much about snakes that well. Looks harmless to me.
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@TheSojourner (22450)
• United States
24 May
Creepy. I don't like those slithery things. I didn't realize that you were here more often. Sorry I hadn't checked.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
24 May
No worries. Just hanging out in between storms and flood watch!
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• United States
25 May
@SonjaRae Next time, tell me! LOL Oh, I'm going to be deleting many things soon. That's how I do it nowadays. It's getting to be too many for me to manage. LOL Just in case you want to read about all the rotten things I said about you, and all the dirty little secrets I share... ROFL
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
25 May
@TheSojourner Already read the novel! Lmao
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@GardenGerty (112498)
• United States
27 May
I am not really scared of them, and I know I have them on my property. Probably rat snakes. I know that I do not have a rat or mouse problem here.
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
27 May
When you’re accustomed to seeing them or around them more often I guess the initial fear of crossing their path isn’t as scary
@responsiveme (23352)
• India
25 May
I would have screamed . It was brave of you to take a photo. Very scared of snakes
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@SonjaRae (5015)
• United States
26 May
I made sure I kept my eyes on it.
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