Joe says, "Every plant and animal living in the natural world around us is part of 'nature's team'. Each has its own responsibilities. The combined effort of all is what keeps the Earth nourished and in turn, provides us with a planet that we can live on. Our responsibility as humans should be to learn as much as we can about this master plan. We will know better how to cooperate with the web of life. Remember it takes team work to make things work. Not only does life become more enjoyable as we understand more about it, but we can also insure a healthy planet Earth for our children and future generations.
I produced this video field guide for educational purposes, and for the personal safety and peace of mind of my fellow human beings. But more importantly for the Earth itself.
All snakes, including the venomous, are members of nature's team. As good team members they have work to do. And nature needs them.
If the snake we see is not one of the venomous species it should be left alone to go about its business. It poses no threat whatsoever to us, our child, our dog or our cat.
This video teaches easy methods of recognizing the few venomous snakes of North America. It is the first, the best and the only video of its kind."
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Here are a few tips that will help to identify the venomous snakes of North America:
The Copperhead - sometimes called a "highland moccasin". Easily recognized by dark brown "hour glass" shaped bands on its back. Five known species in the U. S., all similar in appearance.
The Cottonmouth - also known as a "water moccasin". Heavy bodied snake. Prefers to live near water. Three known species in the U. S., all similar in appearance.
The Rattlesnake - The three species shown are native to the Southeastern United States. There are approximately thirty-one known species residing in the U.S.
All of these types of snakes are collectively known as "pit vipers".
Coral Snake - Striking colors of red, black and yellow. Positive ID: yellow band separates every color, black nose, and red bands disappear towards the tail. Three known species in the U. S., all similar in appearance.
The book described below gives all the positive ID of all the snakes of Georgia and South Carolina!
More complete descriptions can be seen in
"The Snakes of Georgia and South Carolina"
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