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The Natural World

How NOT to Identify a Venomous Snake

Take a few moments to unlearn some dangerous myths.

In my years of teaching people about reptiles, I’ve found that most people think they have a good handle on telling a “good snake” from a “bad snake.” However, when we actually look at photos of different snakes, it usually turns out that only one or two attendees really know their stuff.

After a while, I noticed the main reason why some people repeatedly get IDs wrong. These are the folks that are stuck on using rules. Those that weren’t using these…

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