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Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« on: July 19, 2012, 08:53:01 PM »
Just wondering. My brother called me wanting a phone number to my cousins who is a vet. I asked him what did the snake look like? It was his buddies dog that got bit so he didnít know. I just didnít think Alaska had any poisonous snakes.
times before with just leather, wool and cotton.

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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2012, 08:55:37 PM »
I dont believe so there are none in western WA or up the coastline of BC
 and I think they have enough issues with skeeters the size of float planes :dunno:
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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2012, 09:00:37 PM »
 :chuckle:

Yeah I don't think so either. But it is a dog.  ;) The rules  change when it comes to a dog I think.  ;)
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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2012, 09:08:20 PM »
Well even if no poison there is a chance of infection with any sort of bite fortunately rabies is pretty much a non issue in reptiles salmonella, and as always staph are most likely to be an issue if there is one.

I've been bit by a few snakes and lizards over the years never got infected  :dunno:
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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2012, 09:17:15 PM »
Was it a pet snake possibly?

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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2012, 09:25:41 PM »
There are no known native snakes in AK?   :sry:

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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2012, 09:30:22 PM »
There are no known native snakes in AK?   :sry:

And I think I would agree with you too. A snake in Alaska is kind of like a Musk Ox in Seattle.  :o
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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2012, 09:32:01 PM »
There are no known native snakes in AK?   :sry:

And I think I would agree with you too. A snake in Alaska is kind of like a Musk Ox in Seattle.  :o

ummmm.....gonna let that one slide  :chuckle: :chuckle:
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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2012, 09:50:41 PM »
There are no known native snakes in AK?   :sry:

And I think I would agree with you too. A snake in Alaska is kind of like a Musk Ox in Seattle.  :o

ummmm.....gonna let that one slide  :chuckle: :chuckle:

Well okay. exclude woodland park zoo.  :chuckle:
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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2012, 10:03:41 PM »
There is a snake called the "Frost" snake.  It's bite can sometimes be fatal, but more often you might just lose a digit or extremity at the worst.  I've read a lot of stories about these so called "Frost" bites, though have never seen one myself.

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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2012, 10:05:26 PM »
there are no poisionous snakes in all of northern america...there are alot of venomous ones tho  :chuckle:

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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2012, 10:08:11 PM »
there are no poisionous snakes in all of northern america...there are alot of venomous ones tho  :chuckle:

smarty pants  :P
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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2012, 10:11:21 PM »
There is a snake called the "Frost" snake.  It's bite can sometimes be fatal, but more often you might just lose a digit or extremity at the worst.  I've read a lot of stories about these so called "Frost" bites, though have never seen one myself.

Thought for sure that would have gotten a little chuckle or two.

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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2012, 10:13:04 PM »
There is a snake called the "Frost" snake.  It's bite can sometimes be fatal, but more often you might just lose a digit or extremity at the worst.  I've read a lot of stories about these so called "Frost" bites, though have never seen one myself.

Thought for sure that would have gotten a little chuckle or two.
lol thats some funny stuff! it went right over my head! i should know better to since im a snake fanatic!

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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2012, 09:49:12 AM »
There are no known native snakes in AK?   :sry:

Yes there are snakes in Alaska! Snow Snakes! They only come out of hibernation during the winter and they cover the ground. ;) :) :D

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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2012, 11:10:41 AM »
There are no known native snakes in AK?   :sry:

And I think I would agree with you too. A snake in Alaska is kind of like a Musk Ox in Seattle.  :o

Been to Freemont lately  :chuckle:
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Re: Are there poisonous snakes in Alaska?
« Reply #16 on: July 20, 2012, 11:17:12 AM »
from: http://answers.alaskadenalitours.com/venomous-animals-in-alaska/

Are there any venomous snakes or spiders in Alaska?
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Q: Are there any venomous snakes or spiders we need to worry about while in Alaska?

A: Believe it or not, there are no native species of venomous snakes or spiders!  As for snakes, no reptiles can survive in the wild up here, so you donít have to worry about being bitten by anything of that sort. Seriously venomous spiders do not occur in Alaska: these include those from the Loxosceles (recluse) and Latrodectus (widow) genera which can cause severe local as well as systemic effects.  The only major venomous spider possibly found in Alaska is the hobo spider, Tegenaria agrestis, which was introduced from Europe to the Pacific Northwest in the 1930s. While the range of the hobo spider could extend into the Alaska panhandle, the hobo spider has never been positively identified anywhere in Alaska.(SOA Epidemiology Bulletin No. 17-November 1, 2000)We have 6 species of amphibians, and only two have been seen outside the Alaskan Panhandle.  Both are a species of frog , the Wood Frog and the Western Toad.  The Wood Frog can be found as far north as the Brooks Range (Northern Alaska).  Both are harmless, as well as the other 4 species of amphibians.  Your biggest worrys in the bush are large mammals and irritating plant.
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