What to Do When You See a Snake and How to Tell If It’s Venomous

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8. Venomous water snakes swim with their entire bodies visible above the water while non-venomous snakes keep their bodies under water.

Precautionary measures

While being in the countryside, you should remember that snakes can be anywhere and you should take the following precautionary measures:

  • Cut tall grass in your yard and remove fallen branches — snakes usually like to hide there.
  • Reduce the number of rodents around your country house, they usually attract snakes.
  • You can spray a solution of ammonia in the far parts of your yard. Snakes don’t like its smell while ammonia itself isn’t dangerous to them.
  • Choose closed-toed shoes while walking in the woods.
  • Mountain climbers can be bitten by snakes because they like to hide in rock crevices. You should avoid such surfaces and keep your hands inside.
  • Snakes likely never attack first. They only do it if they’re scared. But they become more aggressive during their mating period between June and July. A scared snake injects more poison.
  • When walking in the wild, especially in wet, swampy areas, try to avoid tall, thick grass, or at least make noisy sounds beforehand by moving the grass with a stick.
  • If you camp out for a night, cover up any sources of light since it attracts snakes. And don’t forget to shake your clothes out in the morning, human smell attracts snakes too.
  • Don’t follow snakes out of curiosity. You can provoke a snake to attack you.

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