The residents and visitors of Florida share the state with an impressive array of native animals including over forty species of snakes. A small number of them, just 6, are venomous. And while the vast majority of Floridians and residents will only see a venomous snake in a zoo, knowing some basic rules about snake safety is a good idea for everyone - and especially for people who work outdoors regularly.
If you have been bitten, please seek medical treatment immediately.
As no universal recommendations exist for treating snake bites, the following information and downloads are provided for informational purposes only. We take no liability for the use of any of the information and encourage individuals to review all relevant materials in establishing their own safety protocols.
Online Guide to the Snakes of Florida
Florida Museum of Natural History
Treating Venomous Snake Bites
US Food and Drug Administration
Snake Bite News
News & Information about the treatment of snake bites
sites with venom and snake bite safety resources
Florida Poison Information Center - Tampa
includes phone number and general info
Realm of the Serpent: Snakes of Florida (6.4 Mb PowerPoint Presentation. Large file for download. Cable or DSL connections are recommended. )
Snake Safety Seminar Packet: Includes identifying materials on venomous snakes, sample safety protocols and steps to take if bitten, and much more. (1.2 Mb PDF)
Snake Safety Protocol and Sympton Checklist: A Summary Document (112 kb PDF)