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Spilotes Pullatus, or Caninana, a Scary but Non-Venomous Snake

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Published: 10th of June, 2023 by Patrick Carpen

Last updated: June 11, 2023 at 3:16 am

Scientific Name: Spilotes Pullatus

Caninana is a very hard to find snake of the Rupununi Savannahs. It is sometimes seen on the trails. Because of its size, it scares. It can reach 2.5m. But it is far from being a dangerous snake. It doesn’t have poison inoculating fangs, so it’s not venomous.

Instead, it is very useful for us because it feeds on mice, small animals and even snakes smaller than itself and poisonous ones like the coral and jararaca.

If you are on a trail and meet a caninana, stop and take the time to admire it and just wait for it to go away.

It prefers to avoid confrontation with human beings. DO NOT KILL, DO NOT HOLD, DO NOT BE AFRAID. This snake only brings benefits. Respect it. They were here long before you arrived.

Editor’s Note: Some citizens have commented that this snake attacks humans and whips them with its tail. It may also be known as “run man” or “salipenter” snake.

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