Do Bull Snakes Bite?
Bull snakes are a popular snake variety amongst snake keepers. They have a mild disposition, rarely bite and make great pets. But do bull snakes actually bite?
Behavior of Bull Snakes
Bull snakes are a non-venomous species of constrictor snake, so they don’t rely on venom to protect themselves or hunt prey. They have a mild temperament, typically don’t bite, and can make good pets for those with experience. If a bull snake does bite, it will likely be a mild bite and not meant to hurt you.
Bull snakes do, however, have naturally defensive behaviors. When feeling threatened, bull snakes may:
- Open their mouth and froth at the mouth
- Vibrate their tail
- Stand tall to appear larger
What To Do If Your Bull Snake Bites You
It’s best to not take any risks and assume that all bull snake bites could be potentially dangerous. If you get bitten by a bull snake, you should:
- Clean and disinfect the area of the bite. Use mild soap and water, then apply hydrogen peroxide and/or an antibiotic ointment.
- Monitor the bite. If it shows any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, pain, or discharge, seek medical attention.
- Understand why the bite happened. If your snake is feeling threatened, consider how you interact with it and whether you need to change your approach.
Overall, bull snakes rarely bite and won’t hurt you, but it’s important to be aware of their defensive behavior and take the necessary precautions if a bite does occur.