O.K. folks, I’m off my W.o.W. addiction long enough to finally update my blog! Here’s a pix Wendy took of a Black-Snake in our front yard. I think most people have an irrational fear of snakes, I grew up in the Arizona desert and snakes of all sorts were an everyday occurrence in my youth. I therefore became accustomed to them and learned to differentiate between the harmless and dangerous ones.
Snakes are not aggressive and will only bite when they feel threatened. Most snake bites happen when a person doesn’t notice a snakes presence and “Invade its space”.
So I will pass along to you a rule that I’ve lived by concerning them. Every single poisonous snake which makes it’s home in North America with one very rare exception ( the Coral Snake) is what is called a Pit Viper. These include Rattlesnakes, Copperheads and Water-Moccasins. They all have different colors and markings but all these poisonous critters have ONE thing in common, the shape of their head. A dangerous snake will have a “Heart” shaped head due to the venom sacks. A harmless snake will have a “tubular” shaped head. Below is a pix of a Rattlesnake’s head, compare it with the photo Wendy took of our Blacksnake and I think you will be able to understand what I’m talking about.