Beware of These 6 Deadly Snakes During Warmer Weather in Arkansas
With the warmer weather we are all enjoying getting outside more, but watch out because we aren't the only ones that love the warmer weather.
There is a creature that experts are saying to watch out for and vets are warning pet owners to be on the lookout for this too.
Snakes! Snakes are warming up with the temperatures and they are waking up and getting more active. There are 6 venomous snakes in Arkansas. Even though these snakes will only bite if they feel threatened if you don't know they are there and you get too close and step on one, believe me, it will feel threatened. Or if your dog gets too close to a snake the snake will feel threatened and will strike.
According to https://www.stuttgartdailyleader.com Arkansas has 39 native snake species. Yikes! And six of those are venomous.:
The Eastern Copperhead
These snakes will vibrate their tails when disturbed. They are usually pretty docile but on a hot summer day they are quick to anger.
Also known as a Water Moccasin, love to be by the water. If you are in a lake swimming of in a boat fishing be on the lookout for these hanging low in the trees by the shore.
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake
These snakes grow up to 3 to 5 feet long and some as long as 7 feet. They have two dark diagonal lines on the sides of its face. Dark diamond-shaped patterns on the back and black and white bands above its rattler.
This snake may be smaller than the one above but it is considered one of the most venomous snakes in the county. Interesting fact: This snake was used as a symbol of the American anger and determination to win during the American Revolution
Western Pygmy Rattlesnake
This one is the smallest of the rattlesnakes usually only growing from 15 to 20 inches. Some are aggressive others are docile and will be motionless unless prodded with a stick or accidentally touching it with your foot! Its rattle sounds more like the buzz of a grasshopper and can only be heard about a foot away. Which is too close for comfort!
Texas Gulf-coast Coral Snake
These are very colorful and grow from 20 to 30 inches. Its venom is considered one of the most dangerous. They are shy but if they feel cornered watch out. These snakes are part of the cobra family.
Check out the videos below for tips on how to keep your dog safe and more information on Arkansas' deadly snakes.