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Which Common Snakes are Poisonous?

Living in Florida means that you have to adapt to your surroundings. However, while things like heat and humidity, gators, and hurricane season are apparent challenges, one that you may overlook is snakes. Fifty species of snakes live in the Sunshine state, but the vast majority (44) of them are non-venomous.

In this article, we want to share the six common snakes that are poisonous in Florida. This way, you can be better prepared if and when you encounter them. Fortunately, as long as you keep a cool head and leave them alone, snakes won’t be a problem.

Southern Copperhead

For the most part, copperhead snakes are found mostly in the Northeast, such as along the Appalachian Trail. In Florida, they can be located around Pensacola, as well as the Apalachicola River. These snakes are so named for their auburn heads, and they have slitted eyes and brown patterns along their bodies. They like hiding out in leaves and brush, so you’ll likely encounter them along a trail while hiking.

Eastern Coral Snake

This species is technically the deadliest if you go by venom, but it’s actually the least dangerous. A single bite won’t get you, so you should be okay as long as you leave it alone. Eastern coral snakes are black with yellow rings and red bands along the body. They are thinner than other species, and they prefer drier areas, like sandhills and shrubs.

Cottonmouth, AKA Water Moccasin

As the name implies, this snake prefers wet areas, so you’ll likely find them in the swamp. However, be careful when swimming in lakes, as they are excellent in the water. Cottonmouths are also aggressive, so move out of the way if one is coming toward you. They are black with sharply angled heads and slitted eyes.

Pygmy Rattlesnake

This is the smallest poisonous snake you’ll find, but that can also make it the most dangerous. As with all rattlesnakes, the pygmy does notify you when it’s close, but the noise can be hard to detect. Pygmies like hardwood forests and flatwoods, but they can be spotted on roads and other populated areas from time to time.

Diamondback Rattlesnake

On the other end of the size spectrum, we have the diamondback. These snakes can get up to six feet long, so they are much easier to spot. Also, you’re sure to hear their rattle and notice the distinct diamond pattern along their body. They usually prefer dry areas where sand is more abundant.

Timber Rattlesnake

Finally, we have the third of Florida’s venomous rattlesnakes. This variety is pretty rare in Florida, sticking to the northern section of the state. They have a white and reddish body with black chevrons pointing toward the tail. They are smaller than diamondbacks and larger than pygmies.

Call Venice Pest Today

Hopefully, you can avoid meeting these snakes, but that’s not always the case. If you need one of these species removed, don’t try it yourself. Instead, contact Venice Pest Control, and we’ll come out to help.

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