are about 22 species / sub species of snakes found in Wisconsin, only
two of them are
venomous and a danger to humans.
are 2 species of venomous snakes that inhabit Wisconsin.
Anyone who lives in or visits Wisconsin should make themselves
aware of these snakes, and learn how to identify them. Children
especially, whom snakes often fascinate, should be made aware of
these 2 species. A lot of snakebites occur because people are
uniformed about the venomous snakes that inhabit Wisconsin, and
mistakenly think them 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.