Myth: A coachwhip snake will whip a person to death with its
tail and then stick the tip of its tail up their nose to see if they
are still breathing.
Truth: Coachwhips have a long tail that resembles a braided whip.
Myth: A milksnake will milk a cow.
Truth: Milk snakes often enter barns in search of mice and rats.
They do not have the necessary mouth structure to milk a cow, nor could
they digest milk.
Myth: A hoop snake will place the end of its tail in its mouth and
roll after a person.
Truth: Mud snakes have the habit of lying in a loose coil while
Myth: A snake can hypnotize birds and other prey.
Truth: Snakes have no eyelids, and they never blink. Some species
may also move their head from side to side to gain depth perception
Myth: The bite from a kingsnake won't kill you, but it will make
Truth: Non-venomous species have no venom, and other than rare
secondary infection they will not make a person ill.
Myth: A rattlesnake gets a new button on its rattle every year.
Truth: Every time a rattlesnake sheds its skin, a new button
is formed on its rattle. Snakes usually shed several times a year.
Myth: A constrictor snake crushes its prey.
Truth: Constrictors kill by suffocation. They do not break bones
or smash organs.
Myth: When a snapping turtle bites it will not let go until it
Truth: Snapping turtles have powerful jaws and often hold on
tenaciously. Thunder has nothing to do with when they will let go.
Myth: A toad can give you warts.
Truth: Toad skin has a warty appearance, but human warts are
caused by a virus.
Myth: Sprinkling sulfur in your yard will keep snakes from coming
near the house.
Truth: There is no evidence to suggest that sulfur will deter