Venomous Snakes of Florida

Florida is the home to 46 native snake species as well as some non-native species that were introduced into its habitats. Of these species, six are venomous. Even though the non-venomous Melbourne snakes outnumber the venomous species, you need to treat every snake you come across with extreme caution. Treat it like a venomous snake until you are positive that it is not. If you plan on spending any time in Florida, it will be helpful for you to have some information on these venomous snakes so that you may be able to recognize them out in the wild and take precautions.

Pygmy Rattlesnake -it is found in different Melbourne settings, such as forests, palm areas, etc. This snake has a dark-colored band on the head. There are also dark marks down its back.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake -this snake lives in dry areas and can reach 6-7 feet in length. It has diamond-shaped marks across the back with a darker center and cream bordering. The tail has a rattle on the tip of it.

Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin -this Melbourne snake can be found by the lake, river or marsh area. Adults are dark colored. The cottonmouth has a cotton white mouth interior which can be seen when it opens its mouth wide as a defense method.

Copperhead -this snake species loves to live near water. A copperhead has a thick body, with the color ranging from gray to light brown.

Timber Rattlesnake -this snake lives in wet areas near rivers and in forests. It is tan to pink-gray colored with dark bands and marks over its thick body.

Coral Snake -this venomous snake is rarely seen because it usually lives underground. It doesn't grow over 30 inches long and can be recognized for its distinctive pattern of stripes over the body: yellow, red and black. With the brief descriptions of each venomous snake that is native to Florida listed above, hopefully you will be better prepared to identify these Melbourne snakes if you happen to come across them while living in or visiting Florida.

These species are of course very dangerous and should be avoided whenever possible. If you have any doubts about whether a snake is one of these six species or not, you should treat it with extreme caution and try to stay a good distance away. Snakes are fascinating creatures, but you do not want to take the chance of getting hurt or killed.

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