Venomous Snakes of California
With nearly 35 different species of snakes in the state of California, it would only seem likely that there would be venomous snakes found in the state. This is most certainly true, as there are some of the most dangerous poisonous snakes found in America.
Some of these snakes can be quite dangerous, so you need to be very careful should you come across one. Here are some of the more common ones you will find in the state.
Mojave Rattlesnake – of all of the venomous snakes that are found in the state, this is the most dangerous of them all. The poison that this snake releases is at least 10 times more potent than you would find in any other species of snake found in the United States. There is so much neurotoxin in one bite that it can kill an adult male in a matter of just a few minutes. It shuts down the skeletal muscles and the junctions where neurons and muscles come together. This will cause a person to be paralyzed, including denying them the inability to be able to breathe.
Western Diamondack Rattlesnake – This snake is quite common in the desert areas of the state. The fangs can be as long as one half of an inch, meaning that they dig quite deep into their victim to release their venom. The venom causes severe issues for the victim, not allowing them to be able to stop the bleeding. A person will bleed out in a short period of time and find their heart permanently damaged in a matter of minutes. This snake is responsible for more deaths in the United States than any other of these reptiles.
Sidewinder – this snake is commonly known for its odd movements, but the venom of this reptile is incredibly dangerous. One bite can release as much as 60 mg of venom, which is 50 percent more than what is needed to kill an adult male. Clearly, this snake can do some real damage. These snakes can easily camouflage themselves in the weeds or brush, so you need to be very careful when you are out in the woods, in a rural area, or even in your backyard if you have a large brush area that has built up.
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake – this is a very dangerous snake because its venom can have both a hemorrhagic effect and a neurotoxic effect. This means that it can shut down muscles, causing a person to suffocate because they cannot breathe, but also causing them to bleed out and suffer damage to their heart. This snake can release as much as 160 mg of venom, more than four times what is needed to kill an adult male. Once bitten, this only takes a few minutes to kill a person.
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