If you see a snake around your home or in your garden, keep the fact in your mind that majority of the snakes are not poisonous. Only a very few snakes species are poisonous and the most common among them are three, cottonmouth, copperhead and rattlesnake. If you see one of these, stay back, because their venom is highly toxic.

Here are three specific tips for you to help in identifying and distinguishing between the poisonous snake and a nonpoisonous snake. You should be very cautious and aware of the behavior of snakes.

1. All poisonous snakes have a deep pit on each side of the head midway between the eye and nostril. Nonpoisonous snakes do not.

2. On the underside of the tail of poisonous snakes, the scales go all the way across in one row, except on the very tip of the tail, which may have two rows in some cases. On the underside of the tail of all nonpoisonous snakes, the scales are in two rows all the way to the tip of the tail.

3. The pupils of poisonous snakes are vertical (egg-shaped). In very bright light, the pupil may be almost like a vertical line. The pupil of a nonpoisonous snake is round.

So whenever you see a snake in your home or in the garden create a pile using damp towels in a cool, dark location in the area where the snakes were spotted. Remove the pile around midday using a large scoop, and there is a good chance you will also remove the snake.

Try to identify areas where snakes can enter the house, and seal those areas off. Do not forget that that snakes like to hide around tall grass, boards and brush or wood piles. When you are working around those areas, make sure you have on gloves, long pants and boots. Move very slowly, giving the snake a chance to get out of your way, because snakes are afraid of humans as well.

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