Elapid snakes

The Elapid snake family is home to some of the most venomous snakes in the world, including cobras, sea kraits, mambas, and many more. These snakes are similar to the colubrids in their body structure, with one large lung, and a complete absence of legs (unlike the constrictors). However, these are front fanged venomous, and…

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Florida’s invasive animals

Many people love keeping exotic pets (including myself) but not everyone necessarily should. With any pet, and especially exotics, it’s really important to know what you’re getting into first. You don’t want to get a chameleon and then be surprised that it eats insects. The likely case that started the invasive pythons of the Florida…

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Dangerous Snakes

There are many snakes that may seem very dangerous. The Inland Taipan (Oxyuranus microlepidotus) has the strongest venom in the world. They are a species of colubrid endemic to Australia. The mycotoxins in the snake’s venom can dissolve muscle tissue. But an Inland Taipan has no desire to come out of its hole and hunt…

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Colubrid Snakes

Colubrid or Colubridae snakes are the largest family of snakes in the world. They are slender and more active than other snakes, and most of them are non venomous. Those that are venomous, however, are just mildly venomous and are rear fanged, so it just helps the snake swallow its food. Colubrid snakes have one…

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Venom or Poison

Venom and poison are often confused with each other. Both can be deadly, but they each are used for different purposes. Venom is typically used to hunt and kill prey, and is injected, like a wasp, snake, or spider. Whereas poison is used more as a defense thru swallowing, inhaling or absorption through the skin.…

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