The Write Stuff /Things I wonder about

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By Deb Hadachek

Recently I saw a detailed diagram of how to tell poisonous snakes from non-poisonous snakes.

It contained several helpful pointers, like a safe snake has round pupils and poisonous snakes have slit-shaped pupils. Also, their nostrils are different, and a poisonous snake has a single row of scales on its belly, while a non-poisonous snake has a double row.

My question is: If you are a snake-novice, how and why would you want to get noseto- nose or eyeball-to-eyeball with a snake, poisonous or not?

And are you supposed to flip them over to scratch their belly, sort of like a fluffy kitten?

 

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