For most of us, the very last thing we would like to happen to us would be to get bitten by a snake. Even though most snakes aren’t poisonous, a few have poison venom that’s capable of killing a person with one bite. Fortunately, snakes will often offer a warning sign to potential predators and passersby to warn them it is about to strike.

Listed below are a few warning signals of snakes so that you can avoid being bitten:

1. Coiled Posture

If a snake feels threatened, one of the first things it’s going to do is coil up. This is usually good news for you. Never approach a snake that is in this position.

2. Tail Vibration

The most famous tail vibrating snake is the rattlesnake. Here again, the snake is doing you a favor. If you hear a rattle, think of it like the snake is saying, “hey there, I just wanted to make sure you know that I’m over here. I visit you, but I’m not positive if you see me yet. I don’t really want any trouble, so let us just stay out of each other’s way.”

See, the snake is being very accomodating! The tail shaking is merely a friendly FYI.

3. Gaping MouthBrown and Black Python on Ground

This is never a great sign. If you find a snake open his mouth and display his fangs, then there’s an extremely substantial likelihood that he is about to strike. If you find this warning sign, you need to do everything you can to put some space between yourself and the snake as quickly as possible. Use a pole to divert the snake’s attack if you’re able to. Luckily, snakes may usually only lash out in a distance half their body length, so unless you are directly next to it, you should continue to be able to prevent a bite.

4. Look for man-made signs

Finally, many regions with a large snake population will have signs around warning one to look out for snakes. You should take these signs seriously, and take additional care to look where you are stepping. Typically these signs have been put there because other people have gotten snake bites.