The chances of dying from a venomous snakebite in the United States are essentially zero. Fewer than one in 37,000 people are bitten by a venomous snake in the U.S. each year at less than 8,000 bites per year, and only one in 50 million people will die from a snakebite.
Did you know that you are nine times more likely to die from being struck by lightning than to die of a venomous snake bite?
Although with the aid of modern medicine, snakes in the US are not particularly dangerous to humans, none of these snakes should be taken lightly, nor should they be irrationally feared. Let’s get to know them.Let’s get started. But, before we start, take a moment to like and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts.
The fire-bellied toads or fire belly toads are a group of eight species of small frogs (most species typically no longer than 1.6 in or 4.1 cm) belonging to the genus Bombina.
The name “fire-bellied” is derived from the brightly coloured red- or yellow-and-black patterns on the toads’ ventral regions, which act as aposematic coloration, a warning to predators of the toads’ reputedly foul taste. The other parts of the toads’ skins are green or dark brown. When confronted with a potential predator, these toads commonly engage in an Unkenreflex, “Unken-” being the combining form of “Unke”, German for fire-bellied toad. In the Unkenreflex, the toad arches its back, raising its front and back legs to display the aposematic coloration of its ventral side.
Have you ever wanted to swim with sharks without all the chompy chompy? There is a multitude of different types of sharks swimming our oceans and while most won’t just swim up and take a nibble out of you, these five sharks are widely considered the least dangerous sharks in the world. One, in particular, is considered a gentle giant.