The Giant Garter Snake May Be Venomous, But It Won’t Hurt You

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Though the giant garter snake looks intimidating, you’ve no reason to fear it. Native to the wetlands of central California, these aquatic creatures pose no risk to humans. The snake’s mild venom is only potent enough to subdue its prey, primarily consisting of fish and frogs.

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Considered the largest of the garter snake family, they can reach up to 65 inches in length. Unfortunately, destruction of their wetland habitats has left the species vulnerable, so conservation efforts are underway.

For many years, scientists believed the snake to be nonvenomous, but research has revealed that it does produce venom. You are in no danger as the venom is mild and the snake lacks the ability to quickly deliver a shot of poison.

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Because of its teeth, the venom is released not in a single, lashing out bite, but by repeated chewing. Even then, it is not greatly toxic to humans.If left alone, they go about their business. However, if annoyed, they will bite. It will hurt, but it won’t kill you.

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