Exploring Mexican Wildlife, Part 2: Snakes

Crossing the US-MX border for the first time can feel like a true leap into the unknown, especially if you’re behind the wheel. Uncovering the secrets hidden in the two million miles of Mexico can be fraught with excitement and danger. For this reason, finding a company to help you obtain auto insurance before you cross the Mexican border can be of vital importance. For a guide on how to stay safe in the Mexico wilderness, read on!

What type of snakes do they have in Mexico?

Being a country of amazing biodiversity and the natural domain of the jaguar, it’s almost no wonder that Mexico has almost 400 snake species. A serpent even appears on the flag and coat of arms of Mexico, caught by a triumphant golden eagle. It plays an important role as one of the totem animals of many indigenous cultures, most famously as the feathered serpent-god Quetzalcoatl. 

Vast majority of snakes in Mexico aren’t poisonous to humans. However, you should keep your eyes open if you’re set out to camp or hike in areas where venomous species are found. Snakes in Mexico are divided into 4 groups, so you should keep in mind the following list and know what to expect: 

1. Vipers - also known as pit vipers or rattlesnakes, this is the most common, but also the most dangerous group. For instance, the spearhead (fer-de-lance) snake is one highly venomous species of viper that is noted for its aggression and very potent venom. It won’t shy away from attacking humans, so you should be extra careful in areas where these vipers live. This usually includes arid areas, mountain slopes and deserts.  

2. Coral snakes - This group is visually easy to spot, due to a vivid pattern - usually black and white or yellow stripes on a red background. While they have a potent venom, their jaws aren’t that strong. What’s more, they’re not aggressive, and are likely to avoid confrontation with humans. However, you should remain cautious. 

3. Sea snakes - Although highly venomous, sea snakes are normally timid and will rather flee than attack. These species use their venom to hunt prey, lurking on the water surface. You could see swarms of sea snakes while diving, but you shouldn’t be afraid, as they won’t strike swimmers. You should be careful and avoid stepping on them when they’re 

4. Colubrids - this is the largest family of snakes, including both venomous and non-venomous species. Some good examples are milk snakes, found in Yucatan. They can grow to be 50 inches long and mimic the venomous coral snakes in appearance. However, their venom isn’t harmful for humans, so they only appear threatening. Another example is the Mexican black kingsnake, found in Northern Mexico. They are constrictors, using their bodies to suffocate prey.  While they might bite in self-defence, they are no threat to humans. What’s more, due to their docile nature, they’re even kept as pets.   

What is the most venomous snake in Mexico?

The mojave green rattlesnake boasts one of the most powerful venoms in the world. It inhabits the deserts of central Mexico and is considered the deadliest snake in the country. Its venom contains neurotoxins which cause difficulties swallowing and speaking, impaired vision, and lung failure. 

Fortunately, antivenom is available in most areas, so if you seek immediate medical attention, the survival rate is high. If you’re hiking in central Mexico desert, make sure to avoid less approachable areas, remain vigilant, as you’ll probably hear the snake before you see it. 

Where can I buy reliable auto insurance for a reasonable price on my Mexican trip? 

Whether you’re excited to explore the lush Lacando rainforests or striving to enjoy some extreme sports in Baja California or elsewhere in Mexico, you want to make sure that you’re insured. When you’re in search of a reliable company that offers custom-made insurance policies, adjusted to your needs, look no further. Here at Oscar Padilla Mexican Insurance, we have over six decades of experience aiding US citizens in their travels to Baja California, Sonora and the rest of the country.

If you want to stay safe and sound, call us today, or order your policy online, without hassle.