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The Hot Spot
Where each month we will showcase a venomous reptile. Check out which species it is this month, and learn interesting facts !
 
"Which is better: to fear all snakes and keep out of danger, or become educated and fear those only that can be harmful to you?" - Bill Haast on the Discovery Channel
There are about 22 species / sub species of snakes found in Wisconsin, only two of them are venomous and a danger to humans.
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There 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.

Timber Rattlesnake
Crotalus horridus
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Eastern Massasauga
Sistrurus catenatus catenatus
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A 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.

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