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Snakes: Friends or foes of humans? Info on Cobra, Vipers & Sea Snake

BY: David Prakash Kumar | Category: Animals and Pets | Post Date: 2009-06-29

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Snakes are creatures that stir most peoples fear and cause the adrenaline to pump. What makes these creatures so feared? Are they really so terrible? These are questions most people would like answered. Herpatologists will tell that they are harmless. People who have lost their loved ones to snakebites will tell otherwise.

In actuality snakes are quite harmless unless one gets in their way. There are hundreds of different species of snakes. The most common snakes like the rat snake are non poisonous. They in fact help the farmers by eating the rats that would have otherwise spoilt the crops.

The three common venomous types of snakes are:

1. Cobra:
Cobra is one of the fast moving snakes and it has a majestic hood that is spread when it is alert and ready to strike. The venom injected by cobra bite is neuro toxic in nature. It causes the nerves to be affected, leading to signs of nerve damage. Death may occur if untreated due to brain damage (brain is nerve tissue). King cobra is deadly because of the huge amount of venom they can inject.

2. Sea Snake: Sea snakes are considered to be most poisonous. There are very few instances of sea snake bites, as they do not come in much contact with human beings. The venom of sea snakes cause muscle paralysis. The bite is myotoxic that means that it affects the muscles. This venom can cause paralysis of muscles leading to respiratory muscle paralysis and death.

3. Vipers: Vipers are snakes that are commonly found in the Indian subcontinent. They can bite and inject venom that is haemotoxic. It affects the blood and vascular system. Death may occur due to internal hemorrhage.

These are the common snakes that are poisonous. Other snakes that are poisonous are the rattlesnake in North America that causes many deaths. Black Mamba in Africa is one of the most deadliest snakes present.

Non-poisonous snakes outnumber the poisonous snakes. Most of the snakes you commonly see will probably be non poisonous. The best way to avoid encounter with snakes is to avoid them. Killing snakes should not be the way to deal with nature unless there is good reason like it cannot be captured due to lack of facilities.

Snakes are considered the farmers friends. This is because they kill most of the rats that spoil the crop. It would be best to avoid bushy and hilly areas. This will help avoid conflict with the snakes.

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About Author / Additional Info: I am a physiotherapist by profession. A writer by interest. I take up freelance assignments for various websites and blogs. Comments are welcome at prakashdavid@rediffmail.com

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