Sean P. Bush MD FACEP


Copperhead

The copperhead is a poisonous (venomous) pit viper found in areas extending from the eastern United States to Texas. Copperheads may leave distinctive double marks on the skin. They leave one, two, or three puncture marks on the skin, but you won’t always see any marks. A copperhead has: Hourglass-shaped markings down…

Rattlesnake

Rattlesnakes are the most widely known of the pit vipers (family Viperidae). They are found throughout the United States and parts of Canada and account for most poisonous (venomous) snakebites in North America. They leave one, two, or three puncture marks on the skin, but you won’t always see any marks. Rattlesnakes…

Coral Snake

Coral snakes are found in tropical regions of North America and are often confused with nonpoisonous (nonvenomous) milk snakes because they look similar. A coral snake can be up to 3 ft (1 m) long and has: Red, yellow, and black bands along the length of the body. Round pupils and a black nose. Fangs. Coral snakes tend…

Snakebite: Symptoms of a Pit Viper Bite

Pit vipers, such as the rattlesnake , copperhead , and cottonmouth (also called water moccasin), are poisonous (venomous) snakes. They leave one, two, or three puncture marks on the skin, but you won’t always see any marks. Symptoms of a pit viper snakebite usually appear within a few minutes to a few hours after a bite…

Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin)

The cottonmouth , also called a water moccasin, is a poisonous (venomous) snake found in southeastern and south central North America. They leave one, two, or three puncture marks on the skin, but you won’t always see any marks. Water moccasins can be up to 6 ft (2 m) long and have: Distinctive white coloring inside the…