#flashbackfriday to 2015 when @thewildhanbury had a pair of Inland Taipans (Oxyuranus microlepidotus). This was his female, the more handleable of the two. For a time these were considered to be the most venomous snakes on the planet, but now there is one possible exception. It should go without saying that this is not how everyone should handle one of the worlds most venomous snakes, but for me to tell you not to would be hypocritical. If you don’t feel comfortable handling a venomous snake than don’t do it, if you do feel comfortable doing it you should do it knowing full well the possible consequences. I’ve been free handling venomous snakes for going on 17 years now and never once have I done it in ignorance, I’ve always known the danger it entails. But believe it or not, despite what you have been told, venomous snakes are not monsters looking to bite anyone who touches them, I’ve handled hundreds if not thousands of them without a single bite as a result. Also, it’s my life, I’ll take whatever risks I feel like and no amount of people on the internet complaining will change that. And cue the free handling Police
“It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”
Last wildlife post for today, I promise. This one is a little grim and graphic, so I apologize in advance. I don’t kill snakes of any persuasion—venomous or otherwise. A lot of folks around here, particularly from older generations, have really, really negative attitudes about snakes. A friend of my grandpa’s came by the nursery today to pick up some old unused tree pots (we save them and pile them up for later reuse). It’s about the most snake-friendly habitat you could imagine. Unsurprisingly, he turned up this very large copperhead (largest I’ve ever seen, I’d estimate 30”) and, being a Southern man in his mid 70s, he immediately struck it on the head and killed it. I snapped some photos about an hour after the fact. Second frame is a video showing complex continued movement. Know that when you kill a snake, it takes a *long* time for it to stop moving and truly die. Their bodies need far less oxygen than ours, and even if you sever their heads, both head and body will continue to move and react to stimuli. Third frame is the snake blindly trying to envenomate its own flank after I nudged it with a stick. Even an hour after being clubbed, this creature was still capable of striking. Think twice before you kill any wild critters, folks. #copperhead#southerncopperhead#agkistrodoncontortrix#agkistrodoncontortrixcontortrix#snakesofinstagram#venomoussnakes#herpetofauna#reptilesofnc#ncwildlife#backyardwildlife#wildlifeencounters#snakesofnc#pitvipers
I’m posting the photos I took at NERD slowly for a few reasons: one being I prefer to post photos a few at a time versus all at once and the other being I’m still recovering from being sick. When I’m not fully functional, I don’t interact with my snakes at all, except for cleaning and feeding. This is for both my safety and theirs.
I’m hoping I start feeling better soon so I can take my snakes out into the sunlight. I love having my snakes in the sunlight. ☀️
Just received an amazing snake. Ovophis okinavensis, the Okinawa pit-viper. Like some others, these uncommon snakes are both oviparous and ovoviviparous. Depending on their condition and environment, the females can either lay their eggs and have them hatch under natural temperature and setting or incubate them inside their body, giving live birth later.
Naja haje legionis (Morocco) male.
The black form of the Egyptian cobra lives in dry areas with warm winters. They occur in a wide variety of habitats like steppes, savannas and arid semi-desert regions.
In a span of 0.25 seconds, they can strike out, bite and envenomate, and then return to their original position (Cape Snake Conservation 2011). I did see this guy strike and it was amazing to see the flash of movement.
I love the bitis genus because the snakes go from slugs as to conserve the maximum amount of energy to moving at speeds that are hard to describe.
The swipe is a video that has the snake jump (for lack of better term), but not at its strike speed. With the volume on, its easy to hear how they got the name puff adder.
"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go"
Holding one of my favorite natives the beautiful Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus tener) This goes with out saying.....you should never hold a venomous reptile. What a beautiful animals this is! Humbling to hold her!
I found a snake! A Prairie Ringneck in my yard! 😱 Esta pendeja para las culebras had to put a brave act to protect myself & my family and make it disappear. 😂 Even though this snake rarely if ever tries to bite, and even if it did you wouldn't feel the bite at all I read......however it may startle you. Believe it or not though, this snake does have venom and could technically be classified as a venomous snake. However, the fangs they use to administer the venom are located at the back of their mouth and are not likely to ever come in contact with our skin and so the venom poses no threat to humans. Hallelujah!