posted on Aug, 31 2005 @ 04:24 PM
To the poster who ask about snakes comming from eggs.
Not all do come from eggs certainly a large number do though. The pit vipers of North America give live birth, as do some constrictors from other
parts of the world.
As to this.
we dont have anything like them near us except a black racer that lives in our backyard if we did then the manatee's that visit our canal would be
It sounds as if you live near Florida in this case you have far more species than black racers in your area. You have the Cotton mouth (water
mocison), Southern Copper Head, Eastern Diamond Back Rattle snake, several species of non venomous snakes such as king snakes and other colubrids in
your area also you have in some areas the Coral snake wich looks simular to several species of king snake (easy way to tell them apart is this simple
to remember phrase "red and yellow kill a fellow, red and black venom lack").
Either way the venomous snakes will not harm a manatee. If one were to be bitten it might have some discomfort but it would not die.
Your best bet would be to search the snakes you have in your area and find out what it was there. Also if you live in America it's good to know that
all but one of the venomous snakes here have cat like pupils the Coral snake being the only one with out it is also the only one of the venomous
snakes in the U.S. that is not a pit viper.
Here are some links to help you in your search.
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All in all snakes are more of a good thing to have around than a bad thing. I grew up catching all kinds of them and even had a pet Western
Diamondback rattle snake for 3 years (before my wife made me get rid of it). I hope the links I provided will help you some. From what I read though
it was a nonvenomous snake. But all snakes can and will swim they are also attracked to pools for something to drink and that prey if often found
[edit on 31-8-2005 by Raist]