Keep an eye out! It is that time of year when the snakes come out to play. Arkansas is home to 36 species of snakes. It is always beneficial to know how to determine if a snake is venomous, where they are most likely to be located and their benefits.
The snakes of Arkansas are most likely to be found in shady, cool areas. Most of the time, you will not even notice them. They are not out to get you. Most snake bites occur because it was provoked. For example, picking up a stick and poking the snake will increase chances of a bite. Just leave the creature be. Snakes see by using infrared. Generally, if they sense you, they notice you are too large to eat and could be a possible threat. That is why they will coil up. They will leave you alone as long as you do not provoke them.
Of the 36 species located in Arkansas, 6 are venomous. They are the Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, Timber Rattlesnake, the Western Pigmy Rattlesnake and the Texas Coral Snake. A good identification to determine the type of snake is the shape of its head. If it is shaped like a heart, it is venomous.
Snakes do offer benefits. King Snakes will kill the venomous snakes, such as Copperheads. They also eat the rodents that run around and destroy your yard such as moles and mice.
Should you encounter one of the serpents, do not fear. Just keep calm! If you see a snake, do not try and pick it up. Just walk away. No matter what type of snake it is, let it be. Be hesitant and watchful, but do not avoid your favorite Arkansas summer activities. Snakes are a big part of the delicate balance of life.