are about 11 species / sub species of snakes found in Vermont, only
1 is venomous and a danger to humans.
is 1 species of venomous snake that inhabits Vermont.
Anyone who lives in or visits Vermont
should make themselves aware of this snake, and learn how to
identify it. Children especially, whom snakes often fascinate,
should be made aware of this 1 species. A lot of snakebites
occur because people are uniformed about the venomous snake
that inhabits Vermont,
and mistakenly think it to be harmless. The best rule of thumb is -
if you don't know what kind of snake it is - leave it alone.
word of caution: If you find a snake, and you do not
know whether or not it is venomous, the safest thing to do is leave it
alone. Florida snakes are not aggressive and, unless they are cornered,
most will flee when humans approach. Occasionally, you might encounter
one that is reluctant to leave because it is basking in the sun to get
warm. Among snakebite victims, an unacceptably high number are bitten on
the hands and arms when they are handling the snake. Do
not catch a snake, and do not handle one unless you are sure it is not
venomous. In addition, for a short time after a snake is
killed, its reflexes may continue to work. Those reflexes typically
cause the body to writhe slowly for a while, but they can cause a
convulsive contraction and a bite, so you should not handle a freshly
killed venomous snake.