Snakes (Serpentes)


Note: Many of these snakes have been identified with the help of Dirk Stevenson and John Jensen, and in many cases were caught by Dirk for the photos! Thanks also to Dirk for reviewing this site for me.

  Florida Green Water Snake (Nerodia floridana)

8 Mar 1997, Everglades National Park, FL


  Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)

19 May 2003, Yuchi WMA, Burke Co, GA


Brown Water Snake (Nerodia taxispilota)

28 Mar 2004, Taylor Co, GA

 

Redbelly Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster)

4 Jun 1999, Oconee WMA, Hancock Co, GA


  Redbelly Water Snake (Nerodia erythrogaster)

17 Apr 2005, Altamaha River near Beard's Bluff, Wayne Co, GA


  Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)

20 Jun 2001, Pine Log WMA, Bartow Co, GA


Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)

2 May 2002, Pine Log WMA, Bartow Co, GA


  probably a pale Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)

29 Apr 2000, Chattahoochee River, Cobb Co, GA


Banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata fasciata)

9 Apr 2004, Eglin AFB, FL


Banded Water Snake (Nerodia fasciata fasciata)

9 Oct 2005, near Coffee State Park, Coffee Co, GA


  Queen Snake (Regina septemvittata)

14 Jun 2005, Talladega National Forest, Shoal Creek, Cleburne Co, AL


Peninsula Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sackenii)

19 Oct 2004, Payne's Prairie Preserve, Alachua County, FL


  Smooth Earth Snake (Virginia valeriae)

11 May 1999, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


  Northern Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi wrightorum)

Mar 1999, Oconee WMA, GA


  Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

19 May 2002, Di-Lane WMA, Burke County, GA


Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

21 Mar 2003, Hinesville, Liberty Co, GA


  Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus)

Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


  Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus)

Ft Stewart, GA


  Eastern Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum)

 


  Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)

26 Jun 1996, Cherokee Co, GA


  Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)

20 Apr 2002, Blucher Park, Corpus Christi, TX


Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais couperi)

Captured at Coffee State Park, Coffee Co, GA
Mar 2003, released at same location.

 

Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta)

29 Jul 1993, Kennesaw Mountain, Cobb Co, GA


  Yellow Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata)

Yellow Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata)

11 May 2002, Moody Natural Forest Area, Appling Co, GA


  Gray Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta spiloides)

  Florida Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus mugitus)

18 Jun 2005, Gadsden Co, FL


Eastern Kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula getula)

Scarlet Kingsnake (Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides)

Note the differences between this harmless species and the coral snake below (the kingsnake has a pointed snout, red nose, and red does not touch yellow)

 

Note: The rest of the snakes on this page are venomous. They are very important parts of their ecosystems and will generally try to get away from you even faster than you are them, but will try to defend themselves if provoked, and should be enjoyed and appreciated from a safe distance.

Eastern Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius fulvius)

17 Nov 2005, Laura Walker State Park, Ware Co, GA


  Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix)

18 Jul 1998, Santee National Forest, Charleston Co, SC


Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix)

19 May 2002, Yuchi WMA, Burke Co, GA


  Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix)

Eastern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

19 May 2002, Yuchi WMA, Burke Co, GA

 

Eastern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

4 Sep 2004, Williams Bluff Preserve, Early County, GA


  Eastern Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

19 Oct 2004, Payne's Prairie Preserve, Alachua County, FL


  Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)
southern color form called "Canebrake Rattlesnake"

23 May 1998, Ft Stewart, Liberty Co, GA


Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)
southern color form called "Canebrake Rattlesnake"

19 May 2002, Burke Co, GA


  Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)

28 Aug 2000, Reidsville, Tatnall Co, GA


Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)

11 May 2002, Moody Natural Forest Area, Appling Co, GA

Note: In the two images on the right, this snake is in classic hunting or ambush position.


Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)

9 Oct 2004, Little St Simons Island, Glynn Co, GA


Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)

19 Oct 2004, Payne's Prairie Preserve, Alachua County, FL


Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (western subspecies of Prairie Rattlesnake) (Crotalus viridis)

25 Jul 1995, Columbia NWR, WA


   


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