What are the most common non poisonous snake species in the world? Are you afraid of snakes? Do you live in a place where you don’t have snakes at all? Then, you are lucky. As for me I live in a place where there aren’t snakes at all, and I consider myself very lucky because I am extremely afraid of snakes. Insider Monkey recently published an article in which we can find lots of interesting facts about his topic. According to reports there are about 94,000 deaths that were caused by snakes in the world.
But actually the majority of snakes are generally non-venomous, and they can find all over the world except some places such as Antarctica, Iceland, Ireland and Newfoundland. New Zealand is also known for not having any indigenous snake species. There are species that are regarded to be non-venomous but as a matter of fact they produce some kind of toxins with which they kill their prey, like some rat snakes and garter snakes. And of course they have teeth that are mostly used just for biting or grabbing their pray. In connection with humans these snakes are harmless, except for some big constrictor snakes. Some of the harmless snakes are kept at home as pets. Snakes are divided into more than 20 families with around 3,400 recognized species and lots of subspecies. Most worldly widespread and the biggest snake family consisting mostly of non-venomous species is the Colubrid family, and snakes belonging to it are known as colubrids.
We have picked three non-venomous snakes from Insider Monkey’s list: African house snakes (Lamprophis genus); Water snakes (Nerodia spp.), and Kingsnakes (Lamropeltis genus). African house snakes (Lamprophis genus) are spread in whole sub-Saharan Africa. They inhabit many different environments, woodlands, savannahs grasslands, and are very common in urban areas, hence the name. Being nicely colored and harmless, they are also often being kept as pet snakes. Water snakes (Nerodia spp.) are native to North America, and are widely spread from Canada, across the USA and Mexico. Actually they are not aquatic snakes, but they spend lots of time in the water. They are heavily built snakes, with the average length of 4 feet. They are sometimes being mistaken for highly venomous cottonmouth snakes because of the similar looks. Kingsnakes (Lamropeltis genus) are widely spread in North-America. Kingsnakes have about 45 subspecies. They are slender, medium-sized (2-6 feet on average) vividly colored snakes with shiny scales (that’s where their Latin name comes from) that many people find attractive and own as pets.
For any further interesting facts, you should read Insider Monkey’s article about the most common non poisonous snake species in the world.