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Old 07-25-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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Question Snakes on the Gulf Side

I was watching "Animal Planet" earlier and they mentioned how there are poisonous snakes in Largo, Florida and the Gulf side of Florida. I was surprised because I didn't know that would exist in Florida, except for alligators and such. Has anyone seen any snakes around~? These were big-o snakes and they had the "animal patrol officers" catching them. I can handle worms, but don't think I would like to meet up with one of those large poisonous snakes while vacationing there. Do you find them around the beach areas~?
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: tampa bay
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Yes we live in Tampa Bay and have seen rattlesnakes,water moccasins and black racers!My uncle had a coral snake in his driveway in Nokomis (south)!Yikes!
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:50 PM
 
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There are 4 types of poisonous snakes in that area, and 6 total in all of Florida. The ones you'll find here are the water moc, the coral snake, the eastern diamondback rattler, and the pygmy rattler.

Your chances of being bitten are low. The most common snakes you'll likely see are non-poisonous and non-threatening...like black racers and corn snakes.

That said...I hate snakes...they give me the creeps...and my neighbor down the street posted a pic on facebook a few days ago of a big ole corn snake that had managed to get between her screen door and the sliding glass door...sucker was at least 5 feet long.
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Old 07-25-2011, 09:59 PM
 
Location: All over the place
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They're definintely here, but I doubt you would see one while on vacation. I have black racers and southern ring snakes in my yard(non-venomous)I haven't seen a venomous snake in the two years I've lived in FL. A kid was bitten by a rattlesnake in a backyard at Clearwater Beach a couple weeks ago. He was alright, it didn't break the skin.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:00 PM
 
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veggienut, your probability of seeing a snake while on vacation is practically zero. I have made several trips to Tampa over the last few years and I have been living here now for a few months and I am yet to see a snake. Doesn't mean they don't exist, it's just that I haven't seen any.

I have also seen many posts on this forum whereby several people have mentioned living in the Tampa area for 25+ years and never seeing a snake or even a gator (outside a zoo).

Of course, if someone is living right next to a conservation or a wetland preserve, the probability of encountering snakes would be higher.

Btw, most of the states in the US would have snakes. I was reading in the NJ forum earlier today where a woman mentioned encountering several snakes in her basement and backyard in NJ! I also read a news article about a woman being bitten by a snake inside a NJ supermarket. A few minutes ago, I read an article on Yahoo news about a man falling into a snake pit in Houston. You might also recall about the house in Idaho (featured in the news) where they found hundreds of snakes inside and underneath the house.

So snakes are not unique to Florida - they are everywhere all over the US (and the world) - you'll be fine vacationing here. Remember if snakes and gators were an issue, millions of people from around the US (and abroad) wouldn't have moved to Florida (which is already the third most populous state in the country) - also, FL is one of the top tourist destinations in the US! So enjoy your vacation without worries!
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Old 07-26-2011, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Auburndale, FL
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I live near lakeland, and I work anywhere between lakeland and Tampa as a security officer. One of the posts I was at, it was very common to have to "herd" alligators out of the parking lot.

I have still yet to see any snakes, but I've been warned that they are all over the place at some of the sites I work. Haven't heard of anyone being bitten yet, though.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:28 AM
 
Location: St. Croix
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The most dangerous snake you'll see will probably be involved in FL politics. You may not even know these stealth creatures by sight but the venom is extremely poisonous at the higher levels.

To add: Honestly, I don't think you'll see any snakes unless you go to the zoo. Just enjoy your vacation.

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Old 07-26-2011, 07:34 AM
 
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There are a lot of signs telling you to watch out for rattle snakes at honeymoon Island but I doubt that would be as much of a fear in a more developed area.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Hmmm, let me think.
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I have seen black racers.... I don't like snakes. I am a bit concerned about the house we are buying though. Its next to an overgrown easement. From what I have been told I should be able to clear everything out there except the Cypress Trees since they are protected.

As much as I would hate to pay someone to do this, since it's only labor. I am likely to pay someone to clear out the brush, roots etc because I do not want to deal with snakes. ICK
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:48 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tn
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I was born and raised in Florida, lived there for 35 years. I saw one Coral snake when i was 8, dad killed it in the back yard. I saw one Pygmy rattler camping in Brookesville with scouts, and a couple of water mocassins canoeing on the Alfia River.. this was over 25 years camping in scouts once a month.. they are out there but your chances of running into them in every day life are very slim. More of a chance running into a gator..
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