I will always reblog this. It’s fascinating and terrifying at the same time.
holy fucking shit
I am now officially terrified of snakes.
ok i really have no idea why this post has like 600.000 notes but let me say something
there are several kinds of snakes and several kinds of snake venoms. not all snakes are venomous. the two major kinds of venoms are: hemotoxins and neurotoxins. hemotoxins are what you see above and they usually do something to the blood (like clotting as you see above), hence the hemo. neurotoxins do stuff to the nervous system (usually something similar to paralysis). and again, not all snakes are venomous. if you live in the united states, probably the most common snakes you’ll see are just constrictors, and unless you live way down south (aka tropical places, like florida) you won’t see constrictors that are too life threatening and even in florida the life threatening ones are something like “invasive species” or pets that they release into the wild (which are invasive species). most likely if you live in a not-so-hot and marshy/tropical climate you’ll see a lot of garter snakes/corn snakes/relatives of them and these are snakes that are often kept as pets because they are not too dangerous!!! trust me, i have them!!! the most venomous snakes you’ll probably encounter in the continental us in fact are basically: rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes, sidewinders, massasauga, and copperheads! and if you think about it, that’s only about 6 snakes (there are various types of each but pretty spread out and they’re repeated in several states and easy to spot…)
in other parts of the world where snakes are more common and dangerous (southeast asia for example) then it’s okay to be more scared… but i have a feeling if you’ve grown up there you’ve been trained not to touch or trained to recognize them)… and if you’re on vacation, it’s likely to tourist spots where there are probably security measures and precautions taken so that tourists don’t die.
please don’t be scared of snakes. most of them will not bite you unless you provoke them or are stupid. most snakes you will encounter in your lifetime will probably be domestic pet snakes and those are normally no problem. i’d hate for snakes to get a bad rap because of a dumb tumblr post