Thursday, February 23, 2012

Animal Tips for Writers: Venomous Snakes of America

There are only four kinds of venomous snakes that can menace your hero in the United States:

The rattlesnake,



the copperhead,



the cottonmouth (water moccasin),



and the coral snake.



No matter what some people may claim, there are no puff adders. Puff adder is an erroneous name for the hog-nosed snake,


which can puff up like a cobra but is actually non-venomous, relatively gentle, and prone to playing dead.

I’ll probably write articles with more details about each kind of venomous snake in America.

(c) 2012 Jonathan Garner

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post, Jonathan! I shall bear it in mind if I ever need a deadly snake in my writing. :D

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    1. Thank you for commenting, BushMaid! Are you planning a story set in the US? ;)

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    2. Well you never know, do you? ;)

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  2. Copperhead...pretty... *stares*

    Ahem. Anyway.

    I can't wait to read more, Jonathan. =) Snakes are very fascinating creatures. Great job, as usual. =)

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    1. Pretty... and dangerous. ;)

      Yes, snakes are fascinating. :)

      Thank you, Kalisia!

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  3. Those are awesome snake pictures!

    We got to hold a 100 pound python the other day, Jonathan. Her name was Chiquita, and she fell in love with Jacob. :D In fact, I have pictures of Jacob being kissed. ;)

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    1. Thank you, Kaitlyn! I like searching for good pictures.

      That sounds fun. :D

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  4. Only four? That's surprising. Our MCs are relatively safe, then. ;)

    Are there multiple varieties/colorings/breeds of any of these snakes, or is what you see in these pictures all you get to work with?

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    1. A common venomous snake can be more dangerous than a variety of rare ones. ;)

      Yes, there are different species for some of them and subspecies for all of them, as well as different colorings.

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