Most Floridians don’t encounter snakes on a daily basis. But those of us who live in rural areas are much more likely to meet these legless reptiles. Thirty-five species of snakes are found in our region; some of the most common are the black racer and yellow rat snake.
Most snakes will flee at the vibrations of your approach. If a snake feels threatened it will escape in most situations. Shaking its tail does not mean it is about to strike. It is a bluff to scare predators. Since snakes only eat what they can swallow whole, they no more want to encounter you than you want to meet them. Use caution when you are in snake habitat, and stomp your feet to give reptiles warning and they will most likely avoid you.
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