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The Hot Spot
Where each month we will showcase a venomous reptile. Check out which species it is this month, and learn interesting facts !
"Which is better: to fear all snakes and keep out of danger, or become educated and fear those only that can be harmful to you?" - Bill Haast on the Discovery Channel
There are about 46 species and sub species of snakes found in New Mexico, only 8 are venomous and a danger to humans.

There are 8 species of venomous snakes that inhabit New Mexico. Anyone who lives in or visits New Mexico should make themselves aware of these snakes, and learn how to identify them. Children especially, whom snakes often fascinate, should be made aware of these 8 species. A lot of snakebites occur because people are uninformed about the venomous snakes that inhabit New Mexico, and mistakenly think them harmless. The best rule of thumb is - if you don't know what kind of snake it is - leave it alone.

Desert Massasauga
Sistrurus catenatus edwardsii
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Northern Blacktail Rattlesnake
Crotalus molossus molossus
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Banded Rock Rattlesnake
Crotalus lepidus klauberi
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Prairie Rattlesnake
Crotalus viridis viridis
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Mojave Rattlesnake
Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus
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N. Mexican ridge-nosed Rattlesnake
Crotalus willardi obscurus

Sonoran Coral Snake

Micruroides euryxanthus euryxanthus

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A word of caution: If you find a snake, and you do not know whether or not it is venomous, the safest thing to do is leave it alone. Florida snakes are not aggressive and, unless they are cornered, most will flee when humans approach. Occasionally, you might encounter one that is reluctant to leave because it is basking in the sun to get warm. Among snakebite victims, an unacceptably high number are bitten on the hands and arms when they are handling the snake. Do not catch a snake, and do not handle one unless you are sure it is not venomous. In addition, for a short time after a snake is killed, its reflexes may continue to work. Those reflexes typically cause the body to writhe slowly for a while, but they can cause a convulsive contraction and a bite, so you should not handle a freshly killed venomous snake.

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