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Natchez in Adams County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)


Natchez Nature Trails

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Venomous Snakes of Adams County
Venomous Snakes of Adams County Watch where you walk! Adams County is home to five species of venomous snakes: the Copperhead, Eastern Cottonmouth, Eastern Coral Snake, and the Canebrake and Pygmy Rattlesnakes. Copperheads are responsible for most of the venomous snake bites in the South, but only one documented death from them has ever occurred in this state. With the exception of the Coral Snake, all of Mississippi's venomous snakes are pit vipers. They can be recognized by their triangular-shaped heads, vertical (“cat eye") pupils, and heat-sensing pits between their eyes and nostrils. All snakes, even the dangerous ones, serve a purpose in nature's web of life, and SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE.

Eastern Hognose Snake
When threatened, the Eastern Hognose Snake may flatten its head, rear up and hiss to scare off an enemy. If that doesn't work, the Hognose will turn onto its back and go limp, playing dead. When turned right-side up, the snake will immediately turn back over!

Garter Snakes
These harmless snakes are common in our backyards. They have yellow stripes

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running the length of their bodies. Like skunks, they will emit a nasty-smelling musky fluid if they are threatened. Instead of laying eggs, like most snakes, they give birth to live young.

Eastern Cottonmouth vs Yellowbelly Water Snake
Eastern Cottonmouth and Water Moccasin are different names for the same snake. Cottonmouths and Water Snakes (which are non-venomous) live in the same swampy areas, and can have the same size and coloring - look closely for that triangle shaped head! Cottonmouths prefer to be left alone. To encourage this, they will open their mouths wide to show off the cotton-white inside, in order to startle other animals (or people).

Coral or King?
Red touches yellow, kill a fellow. Red touches black, friend of Jack. This rhyme helps to tell the difference between the venomous Coral Snake and harmless Scarlet King Snake. On the Coral Snake, the YELLOW bands touch the larger RED areas. On the Scarlet King Snake, the BLACK bands touch the larger RED areas. Unlike a pit viper, a Coral Snake has tiny teeth, but the ability to open its mouth very wide means that it can puncture skin to inject its venom.

Each time a Rattlesnake sheds its skin (up to 3 times a year), a new section of rattle is formed. Since rattles can accidentally break off, counting rattles on a tail does not necessarily tell the age of the

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snake. Watch out when climbing on rocks - these snakes love to sun themselves and don't always give a "warning rattle" before striking.
Erected by City of Natchez.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals. In addition, it is included in the Mississippi - Natchez Trails series list.
Location. 31° 33.907′ N, 91° 24.244′ W. Marker is in Natchez, Mississippi, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from North Broadway Street near Learneds Mills Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Natchez MS 39120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Natchez Bluffs and River Views (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Intersection of North Canal and Jefferson streets (about 700 feet away); Bluff Park and North Broadway Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Intersection of High and North Wall Streets (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ealey Brothers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bluff Park and South Broadway Street (approx. ¼ mile away); The Natchez Trace (approx. ¼ mile away); Andrew Marschalk (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Natchez.
More about this marker. Located along the Natchez Bluff lower trail.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 5, 2018.

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