4 Dangerous Diseases That Can Be Spread by Snakes

Snakes may be intriguing to watch, but the problems they have the potential to cause mean that having them on your property probably is not in your best interest. Poisonous snakes make being cautious around these critters important enough, and even those that are not poisonous have the potential to spread a wide range of diseases. Keep reading to discover some common conditions that snakes can spread.

1. Salmonella

Salmonella is a type of bacterial disease that causes fevers, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea. These symptoms can lead to severe dehydration, and especially severe cases may cause additional concerns that require medical attention if bacteria spreads beyond the intestines. Bacteria that causes salmonella is typically spread when feces from snakes (or other animals) get into a water or food supply.

2. Botulism

Botulism is a type of toxin that impacts various aspects of your nervous system. This condition can cause weakened face muscles, problems speaking, swallowing, or breathing, vision issues, or more significant paralysis. Botulism is caused by contaminated food, infected wounds, or side effects of using this toxin for various medical or cosmetic uses.

3. Campylobacter

Campylobacter can cause vomiting, fevers, headaches, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. This condition is typically spread through contaminated water or undercooked foods, particularly when an infected snake or other animal's feces get into these supplies and they are not treated properly to kill potential bacteria. Touching contaminated feces can also spread this campylobacter.

4. Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis typically causes flu-like symptoms, which may develop into Weil's syndrome in severe cases. This condition is spread through the urine of contaminated snakes or other animals, especially once it gets into nearby soil and reaches your water supply.

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