This little Corn Snake is ready to defend itself against my evil camera.

DESCRIPTION: A very pretty snake, all coiled up and ready to strike.

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Corn Snake Defending Itself - Snakes that are venomous are able to easily defend themselves. They are able to inject toxins into their prey to paralyze it from moving. If the snake is nonvenomous, such as a corn snake, they need to utilize different methods to defend it.

If the snake is a constrictor, they will usually kill their prey by constricting it rather than injecting it with venom. The constrictor happens with the series of muscular contractions that allow the snake to suffocate its prey. This prevents their prey from being able to expand their lungs. Once their prey has suffocated, they will swallow them whole starting at the head.

Corn snakes do have teeth and may sometimes bite to defend themselves if they think they are threatened. This is usually their last resort. While the corn snake is not venomous, bites may still be harmful to humans. Their bites can cause infections from bacteria that are found in the snake’s saliva. Their initial response is usually to flee away from their predator as they are generally very docile reptiles. Snakes are nocturnal and will sleep during the day and become most active in the evening. If you attempt to catch a sleeping snake, you will need to be careful as they will become startled and bite or smear a liquid on the predator that has a foul odor.

Corn snakes are also able to freeze all of their movements when they become shocked, as well as vibrate their tails to simulate the movement of a rattlesnake to scare threatening predators. Their lack of defense methods make the corn snake a popular pet for beginners. These snakes are closely related to the rat snake and feed on rodents. If you do want to keep a corn snake as a pet you will need to make sure that they are in an enclosure that is escape proof.

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Running a wildlife removal business in the state of Florida gives me the chance to see all kinds of interesting snakes! Florida has about 45 species of snake, and I've seen 29 of them so far. I've always got my eye out for new species, and I love spotting rare snakes in Florida. I also have a thing for venomous snakes - they're not too common in FL, so I always enjoy the chance to see a poisonous serpent. I really like snakes, and I've never hurt or killed one. They're an important part of the ecosystem, and often persecuted. Still, if you don't want snakes in your house or on your property, and judging from the number of phone calls I receive regarding snake problems, you don't, then give me or a local snake expert in your area a call, and we can remove the snakes from your property for you. I use many snake control methods - from snake traps, to snake repellents, to habitat modification, but most of all, good old-fashioned capture and removal. If you want to learn more, please read my How To Get Rid of Snakes page.

AAAnimal Control is a privately owned wildlife removal and pest control business, located in Orlando Florida. I deal strictly with wild animals including snakes inside houses. I am not an extermination company, but a critter removal and control specialist. The above photos are some of the many that I've taken in the field over my years of work. Please email me if you have any questions about the above photographs, or any questions about wildlife problems or Florida snake removal issues.

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