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Old 01-13-2012, 04:16 PM
 
Location: MN- Soon the South!
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I'm planning on shopping around for Condos in Florida for a family vacation home, and I'm wondering what side of the state is prone to more venomous snakes? I ask because of the therapy dogs I train, and I don't want to run into any trouble.

Any thoughts or advice?! Thank you~
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Old 01-13-2012, 04:50 PM
 
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Probably in the Gulf, at least close to the Evergaldes. People abandoned pet snakes in the Everglades and they multiplied. They are not native to the area. I have those black snakes where I live, but they don't really bother anyone. I had one once in my lanai and my husband took a broom and it wrapped around it, and my husband brought it outside. They go their way, and I go my way. I have cats that go on my lanai, and as long as the snakes are not INSIDE it, we don't really care.
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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There are snakes and alligators all over the place and they have a thirst for the blood of outsiders...
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Old 01-13-2012, 06:36 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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Good luck with that situation, its the reason I didnt move to Florida. Too many of those damn critters.
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Palm Beach, FL & Napa, CA
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Doesn't matter what side of the state, it does depend on where you live though. A more rural setting, then expect more snakes. Also you can never rule out having one of the 6 venomous species in a more developed area. Also can't rule out the occasional exotic venomous, Cobra, Green Mamba and etc, these are extremely rare occurrences but it has been reported that some exotics escaped during Hurricane Andrew and that some may have been released by their owners. Due to the climate they have no problems surviving, but due to not having a breeding pair, it's questionable if many will become a problem?

Basically living in Florida takes common sense, the dangers from Gators aside which is blown out of proportion. I have a Dog and when I go outside for walks, I watch where my dog walks at all times, my Dog is on a leash all the time, when I go out at night I use a high powered flashlight and scan the area that we walk and look out for anything that might pose an issue. Most of the Dog's that get into trouble are unsupervised and often go after the snakes who often end up in the wrong area and are just defending themselves. People have fenced in yards or let their dogs run loose unsupervised often experience this. I read about dogs dying due to snake bites and/or by them picking up Bufo Toads often, but not everyday.

There are the 6 native venomous species in Florida. California for example, has has 8 native venomous species.

Statistically it's more dangerous to get up and drive to work then it is to get bit by a snake or attacked by an alligator, that is you can improve those odds by being stupid, like going for a dip in a lake or letting your dog play fetch in a lake and etc.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:02 PM
 
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I definitely think it's the gulf side. They are nearer to the everglades.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:49 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I've lived in the gulf side 1 exit from the everglades for 27 years I grew up here on a canal in a neighborhood with lots of kids. We all played by the water and in our yards. I've seen one venomous snake here in my ENTIRE life. It was in a bucket a friends father found a baby coral snake.. We ran around all day without a care in our yards and played in the woods etc and not one of us ever were bitten or came across a snake that was venomous. They aren't just laying around waiting to strike they tend to stay away from humans and r in very rural places like everglades city where development is few and far between. Don't let people scare u my dogs have run free in the yard since I was a little kid and we've all come out just fine
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Old 01-14-2012, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Palm Beach, FL & Napa, CA
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Don't let people scare u my dogs have run free in the yard since I was a little kid and we've all come out just fine
Then count yourself lucky, one of my friends use to breed dogs and had a fenced-in yard in a rural part of the County, a bunch of his dogs went after a huge Eastern Diamondback Rattler and several of them were lost after the incident, even after receiving vet care it was too much. Also he had another dog that had a close call with a Pygmy Rattler and survived after getting anti-venom.

Also several Dogs have been killed over the years in Palm Beach County from Coral Snakes. Typically if you have a breed that goes after things, Bufos, Snakes, Geckos and etc, they will often get themselves into trouble. Some dogs don't care about those things and keep walking.

People have to remember it's a rare event and no you should not live in fear but you can't be carefree about it either. Actually the risk is probably higher someone would steal your dog then a snake encounter here.

Coral snake kills dog, more snake sightings put fear into Boca Raton residents - Sun Sentinel
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Miami
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If you are looking for a condo, most likely you are not looking at places close to the Everglades or in a rural area. So I wouldn't worry to much about snakes and your pet unless you decide to walk around some natural areas. Buffo toads are much more of a concern in my opinion as you will see them much more in places you would be walking your dog. Do not let your dog touch them as they can kill a pet.
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:27 PM
 
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A few months ago a coyote attacked a small dog while on a lease by it's owner in broad daylight. There were also a couple of attacks and kills, of pet cats and dogs in the same area of Naples. People just need to be very careful with their pets, and small children, around wildlife. Even though you are 10 or 15 miles from the Everglades, this does not mean that all wildlife will just STAY confined to there. It's very said when this happens, but if it causes awareness among pet owners and parents, then perhaps it will prevent loss of another life; animal, or human.
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