Top 10 Species of Snake That Are Non Poisonous

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Considered as one of the deadliest reptiles in the world, a single snake has the inane ability to empty an entire building.Given the construct of venomous beast who slither around looking for humans to bite, snakes have been exploited as an anti-hero by both Hollywood and Bollywood alike.But,of the approximately 3000 species of snakes worldwide, only 500 are venomous rest are pretty harmless, atleast to humans. Here we take a look at ten most non poisonous snakes.

 

1. Leucistic Texas Rat Snake(Elaphe obsoleta linheimeri)

leucistic texas rat snake

A truly unique snake,the Leucistic Texas Rat snake, a variant of the Texas rat snake has a snow white opaque pattern with dark almost blue eyes.This subspecies is found from Louisiana through the prairies and hill country of Central Texas.The presence of this snake is marked by the density of oak trees in an area.Considered to be one of the meanest snakes alive, this subspecies often reacts defensively by aggressive biting. However, they are fairly docile if left alone.In the wild, this species is a predator on rodents of all sizes, with large adults being able to take prey up to the size of a fox squirrel. Texas Ratsnakes are a species of skilled climbers, with the ablility to climb vertical trunks of trees by clinging to cracks in the bark. They are also capable swimmers.They breed in the spring,after a period of winter hibernation and lay clutches of 5 to 20 eggs, which hatch in late autumn.

 

2.Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus Caninus)

emerald tree boa

Born bright red to orange, an adult Emerald tree Boa, as the name suggests turns bright green with age.Native to the rain forests of South America, the snake is one of the most vibrant in the world.A non venomous snake in nature, it still has large fangs which it uses to grip its food, usually small birds strongly.Nocturnal in nature, this Boa is inactive during daytime and spends the day with its head wrapped and nestled at its center. At night, the reptile uses its heat sensors to detect the prey and prepares to catch it by staying coiled on the branch, head down, ready to strike. It then pulls up the small mammals by its teeth and to its death.A reptile of slow metabolism,it is classified as a”sit and wait predator” which enables it to go through a long period without food.

 

3. Amelanistic Burmese Python (Python bivittatus)

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The Albino variant of the Burmese python, these snakes are widely found in tropic and sub-tropic areas of Southeast Asia. Unlike the brown and black burmese python, the Amelanistic is of the colour white and butterscotch yellow and surprisingly,a very popular design fro a birthday cake.Being one of the 6 biggest kinds of snakes in the world, Burmese pythons can grow up to 20 feet long. The largest pythons are always female which can grow from 13 to 20 feet while the typically smaller males grow from 8 to 17 feet.Pythons are constrictors, therefore instead of fangs they have rear ward teeth and they are non-venomous. This python is an excellent swimmer and climber and requires a permanent source of water.Though docile in nature, the huge size of the reptile can be difficult to take care of and can accidentally cause harm.

 

4. Scarlet King snake (Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides)

scarlet king snake

Common in Georgia and Tennessee in USA, the Scarlet king snake is a beautiful reptile marked with red,yellow and black patterns.A fairly small snake(14 cm)the pattern of this constrictor has the red rings touching the black rings. Found in pine wood area,the flattened snout is considered an adaptation, as they are usually found beneath pine snags. This snake is famous for its resemblance to the much feared and deadly coral snake, which inhabits many of the same areas.One theory on the resemblance of the Scarlet King snake to the Coral snake is that it gave the former a survival advantage as predators would usually avoid it rather than attack it but unlike the Coral snake, it does not produce venom and is harmless to humans. The best way to distinguish a scarlet king snake from a coral snake is to differentiate between the the color patterns of the two snakes. In Coral snakes the yellow banding touches the red banding.

 

5. The Iridescent Shieldtail (Melanophidium)

iridescent shieldtail

Melanophidium bilineatum, commonly known as the iridescent shield tail, is a species of snake found in India. Only three specimens are known to be found of this species in the wild and very little is known and documented about it. one of the most beautiful snakes in the world, it has only been sighted in India at a height of about 5000 feet. The Iridescent colour of the base and top in the snake are separated by a line of bright yellow, which makes it unique in some ways.

 

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