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How far can a snake strike? Answered

Take this snake for instance.  It is not coiled.
If it wanted to, how far could this snake strike?


I would assume the snake can reach its full length from wherever its tail is currently located. I don't think they're likely to jump much farther, and I wouldn't assume anyplace closer is safe.

Then again, if you're dealing with a poisonous snake, or a possibly poisonous one (this looks like a rattler to me) the right answer is "if you don't already know how to deal with it safely, you have no business mucking with it." If it's somewhere it shouldn't be, call your local animal control or wildlife agency for assistance. If it's somewhere it *should* be, leave it alone and it'll leave you alone.

The snake in it's current position can not strike until he forms a coil shape & the head is raised.

I would almost change this to best answer.....BUT, I have no frame of reference here. Thank you for your input and will remember it.

Ladies and gentlemen, a snake can strike between 1/3 and 2/3rds its body length. A 3 foot snake at most can strike 2 feet.

some snakes (i forget which exactly) are able to strike their entire body length


8 years ago

Grab a long stick and give it a shove.  Probably the best way to find out. 

But remember, not all snakes sit and wait to strike.  We've had a few Cobra's here that chase after you!


8 years ago

Hearkening back to my old Boy Scout days, a general rule of thumb is a venomous snake can strike about 2/3 of its body length.
My personal rule of thumb is 25 feet for any snake, so I always give them at least 26 feet of space.

27, just to be sure.

Most snakes can only strike about half their body length.