SNAKE it Venomous?! | Summary and Q&A

June 15, 2018
Brave Wilderness
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SNAKE it Venomous?!


The northern water snake, often mistaken for the venomous water moccasin, is a misunderstood reptile that should be respected and not feared.

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Questions & Answers

Q: Why are snakes like the northern water snake often feared by humans?

Snakes have long been portrayed as villains and often provoke fear due to their unfamiliar appearance and some venomous species that pose a threat to humans.

Q: What are the main misconceptions people have about the northern water snake?

Many confuse the northern water snake with the venomous water moccasin due to their similar appearance. This misunderstanding leads to unnecessary fear and sometimes the unnecessary killing of the harmless species.

Q: How does the northern water snake use camouflage to its advantage?

Staying perfectly camouflaged helps the northern water snake hide from larger predators and blend into its aquatic environment, enabling it to launch surprise attacks on unsuspecting prey.

Q: Are northern water snakes dangerous to humans?

While their bite is painful and can cause bleeding, northern water snakes are not venomous. A bite should be cleaned with soap and water, and first aid should be applied to promote healing.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • The northeastern wetland ecosystems in the United States are home to a variety of animals, including the northern water snake.

  • Coyote Peterson embarks on a mission to find and catch a northern water snake, highlighting its importance and dispelling misconceptions.

  • Despite their nonvenomous nature, these snakes can be aggressive if threatened and have the ability to defend themselves with a painful bite.

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