Where Do Bull Snakes Live?

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Bull snakes live in wooded, desert and prairie areas throughout North America. While they are not venomous, it is important to keep your distance from any snake. Learn more about the bull snake living environment with tips from a science teacher in this free video on animal habitats.

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You're wandering around the pine woods in Colorado, or perhaps through a desert like area, in Texas or New Mexico, and you encounter this. You've just stumbled upon a bull snake. Now you don't need to be concerned that much because it's not a poisonous snake. However, any snake is, it's important to keep your distance, a healthy distance just so you can make sure that you're staying safe. I'm Janice Creneti. I've been teaching animal and environmental science for about twenty years, and I'm here to answer the question "Where do bull snakes live?" Bull snakes are a large, like I said, non-venomous species. They are predominately constrictors, and what that means is they're going to eat food by grabbing it with their mouth, wrapping their body around it, and squeezing it until the animal suffocates. Then they swallow it in one big gulp. Can actually take them several days to digest a large meal. So, where would I actually stumble upon a bull snake? Well, let's talk about their habitat, first of all. It's pretty diverse. You can find them in woody areas. You can find them in desert areas. You may even find them near a stream where there's some running water. Bull snakes primarily exist in the center of the country, so you're mostly going to find them in more prairie like areas. They can go as far north as Canada, and they can go as far south as Mexico. And pretty much anywhere in the middle of the United States, if you're in the proper habitat, you can stumble upon a bull snake. Now, like I mentioned, they're not venomous, but it's still important to keep a distance because even if they bite you they won't inject venom, but you can still get a nasty cut and perhaps an infection. Snakes have teeth that go like this and once they bite in they don't really like to let go. If you pull your hand away they can actually really rip your skin, so keep a healthy distance. Chances are the snakes going to get a look at you and it's going to move faster than you can even move. He wants to get away from you. He thinks you might be trying to eat him. So, they're beautiful, but observe them from a distance. I'm Janice Creneti, and this is "Where do bull snakes live?"


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