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Common Medical School Interview Question #5

“Teach me something that most people do not know how to do.”

There are a few ways to tell if a snake is venomous. The first is by looking at the snake’s pupils. Snakes with slitted pupils, like those of a cat, are typically venomous, while a snake with round pupils is usually harmless. Snakes that are venomous have wider, broader heads than non-venomous snakes due to the sacs in their jaws which carry their venom. Venomous snakes, as a rule, are more colorful, sometimes having bands of yellow, black, red, or white along their bodies. Solid-colored snakes are usually non-venomous. Of course, all snakes can and will bite if they feel threatened, and snake bites will require medical attention, even if they are non-venomous. So, the best course of action if you spot a snake is always to back off and leave it alone! 

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