August 08, 2013

Venom in the Veins

  • Male alligators can grow to be 13+ feet in length and weigh about 500+ pounds. Female alligators can grow to be around 9 feet in length and weigh 200+ pounds.

  • It's estimated there are 5 million American alligators throughout the southeastern United States.

  • American alligators can be found in Florida, southern Texas, Louisiana and parts of North and South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama but have been moving northward in the last few years.

  • American alligators share a similar habitat to the cottonmouth snake, such as ponds, marshes, wetlands, rivers, swamps and brackish waters.

  • The banjo was first used to provide background music for storytelling.

  • The banjo is an American instrument created during slavery, which has been used to play classical, jazz, folk and bluegrass music.

  • Cottonmouth snakes are found in southeastern United States and the majority of adults are 3.5' to 4 feet in length.

  • As the heat rises, Cottonmouths will often hunt for prey after the sun goes down.

  • The cottonmouth eats a variety of warm and cold-blooded animals, even baby alligators.

  • Distinctive characteristics of the poisonous coral snake are its red, yellow and black rings along its body.

  • A cottonmouth's bite can be lethal and some common effects are intense pain, swelling, chills, skin discoloration, and numbness. A secondary infection may set in if local tissue is destroyed by the venom.

  • A cottonmouth's venom is hemotoxic, thus it can destroy blood cells, other tissues and decrease the ability of blood to coagulate or clot.

  • Cottonmouths are often confused with nonvenomous water snakes; though water snakes will typically flee when threaten while cottonmouths are more aggressive.

  • Most snakebite victims in the United States arrive at a medical facility within 30 minutes to two hours of being bitten.

  • Linda Long, 48, died from a snakebite during a 2006 religious service in Kentucky.

  • No more than 12 fatalities from snake venom poisoning were reported annually between 1960 and 1990.

  • Physical symptoms and pain as a result of a cottonmouth bite include bleeding, nausea, vomiting, and pain at site of the bite, swelling, thirst and tiredness.

  • Cottonmouths are semi-aquatic and are found in the brackish waters of swamps, streams, marshes and drainage ditches in the southern lowland of the United States.

  • The cottonmouth received its name because when aroused the snake coils its body and opens its mouth wide exposing its fangs and the white lining of its mouth.

  • No other snake displays the linings of their mouths like a cottonmouth during conflict. The posture is called "gaping".

  • In the state of Kentucky, it is illegal to possess inherently dangerous reptiles.

  • Young copperheads are six to ten inches long and display a grayer color than most adult snakes.

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