Sansevieria trifasciata, or snake plants, are popular indoor plants from Africa. They have stiff, upright, blade-like leaves tipped with yellow or white.
These plants thrive best in warm temperatures between 65° and 80° degrees Fahrenheit, making them common houseplants because of their sharp appearance and low maintenance needs.
The snake plant is also known as:
- Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
- Good Luck Plant
- Golden Birds Nest
- Viper’s Bowstring Hemp
Because snake plants are sturdy, they can thrive both indoors and outdoors. Snake plants require less water than most plants and aren’t as thirsty. Overwatering is a problem that snake plants face if not properly cared for.
Because the leaf blade stops growing if the tip breaks, you need to handle its leaves carefully.
It also helps to absorb carbon dioxide and other pollutants from the air and release fresh oxygen at night, which makes this plant a must-have for those who suffer from allergies.
Some people use snake plant material for treating fungal infections and making cosmetics. While the plant is used for good reasons, negative effects can still occur because of factors we are not aware of.
It is not necessary for us to think about the snake plant’s properties, but instead we must consider the effects it may have on our health. But is it toxic to dogs?
A new genus of plants has been assigned to the Sansevieria genus, now known as the Dracaena. Its scientific name has been changed to Dracaena trifasciata.
How Toxic or Poisonous Is Sansevieria?
Animals are toxic to snake plants, but humans, when not exposed to these plants, are usually not affected. However, if exposed to it or sprayed with its fumes, you could become ill or die.
Yes, snake plants are poisonous to dogs. They pose a threat to cats as well while Horses, Children, and other animals may be poisoned if ingested.
While the plant is not poisonous when swallowed, ingesting too much of it will cause more harm to your pet. Its pleasing shape may attract a curious or bored dog’s attention if left unattended. The bitter taste might keep them at bay.
Which Parts of Snake Plant are Poisonous or Toxic?
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is toxic due to its leaves, but all other parts are also poisonous.
In large quantities, the saponins found on its leaves that act as natural insecticides are toxic. When swallowed, they are harmful to the consumer.
Snake Plant Poisoning Symptoms
Symptoms of snake plant poisoning include swelling or numbness of the tongue if eaten. When chewed or swallowed, it causes an allergic reaction to the throat. It does not cause dermatitis through contact with humans.
Here are some of the signs of poisoning you might see if your dog ingests it:
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive drooling
- Vomiting with occasional blood.
Snake plant consumption can result in dilated pupils on cats.
The Most Popular Snake Plant Varieties in The Home
- Moonshine Sansevieria Care
- Golden Hahnii Snake Plant – Bird Nest Type
- Black Coral Snake Plant – Dark leaf spears
Snake Plants: How to Protect Yourself and Your Dog
You should keep snake plants away from dogs, cats, young children, and any other animals in your home to the extent possible if you do not remove them permanently.
It is recommended that if you do touch the plant that you wear gloves to protect your hands from the saponins.
The plant’s fluid should not be accidentally gotten in your eyes or mouth, so you should wash your hands before handling it.
If your dog’s behavior suggests he has eaten a snake plant, please make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible for immediate help.
The snake plant uses its unique shape to improve indoor air quality without extensive care, and its ability to purify air will enhance the atmosphere in your house.
Nevertheless, you should be aware that it may be toxic if not handled properly. It is better to be safe rather than to risk your dog’s life.
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