One more reason to fear snakes…

Now I realize snakes have their place in the world, namely keeping down rodents, but now when I see one it will make me think twice. 

TheHorse.com just put out an interesting article on snakes carrying equine encephalitis virus.  The article, written by Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc, basically said infected mosquitos bite the snakes and then when winter comes, the mosquito dies while the snakes become dormant.  In the spring, mosquitos bite the snake become infected with equine encephalitis and then bite a horse, infecting the horse.  One thing that made so much sense is that water snakes (namely moccasins) were some of the strongest carriers – if the mosquitos breed in water, they will be hungry and search out the first thing they find: snakes!

Remember, so much of this could be prevented – vaccinate!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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1 Response to One more reason to fear snakes…

  1. Mom says:

    I never realized that a snake skin was “tender” enough for a mosquitoes to bite! I thought their hide was too tough! Have a great day! Love mom

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