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You’re on a camping trip and there is a snake inches away from you. You think it is poisonous, but are not sure. Do you know the 5 tricks for identifying poisonous snakes?

1. Non-venomous snakes usually have a round pupil in the eye; venomous snakes in the U.S. (except for the coral snake) have an elliptical pupil like a cat’s eye.
2. Non-venomous snakes usually have only one color.
3. Most non-venomous snakes have a spoon-shaped round head and venomous snakes will have a flat head.
4. Look for a rattle—some non-venomous snakes do shake their tails.
5. Most venomous snakes have a small depression between the eye and the nostril. This is called a “pit,” which is used to sense heat from their prey.

To learn more, like why the size of a snake doesn’t matter, click here to order your copy of Frank Miniter’s The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide.

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Frank Miniter has floated the Amazon, run with the bulls of Pamplona, hunted everything from bear in Russia to elk with the Apache to kudu in the Kalahari, and has fly-fished everywhere from Alaska’s Kenai to Scotland’s River Spey to Japan’s freestone streams. Along the way he was taught to box by Floyd Patterson, spelunked into Pompey’s Cave, climbed everywhere from New York’s Gunks to the Rockies, and is currently learning Kenkojuko Karate with Sensei Masakazu Takahashi. He graduated from the oldest private military academy in the U.S., a place that still teaches honor and old-school gentlemanly conduct, and believes men need this book because the U.S. has lost its code of honor as enumerated by its Founding Fathers. He is the author of The Politically Incorrect GuideTM to Hunting and has won numerous awards for outdoor and conservation writing. He was a Senior Editor at Outdoor Life magazine and, currently, is the Executive Editor of American Hunter magazine.

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