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Mississippi's Nonvenomous Snakes

Snakes are among the least understood, yet one of the most intriguing groups of animals. Since snakes lack fur, feathers or legs, and aren’t warm-blooded, most people find it difficult to relate to them. So, snakes have been feared and maligned for millennia.

Among some cultures, snakes represent evil, yet in others they are respected as much as other animals.

Snakes have adapted to survive in a variety of habitats on all continents – except Antarctica – and in the oceans. Of the 2,900 species found worldwide, 140 species live in the United States. Mississippi is home to 40 species of snakes, six of which are venomous.

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Eastern Ribbon Snake
(Thamnophis sauritus)
Common Garter Snake
(Thamnophis sirtalis)
Rough Earth Snake
(Virginia striatula)
Smooth Earth Snake
(Virginia valeriae)
Common Garter Snake Rough Earth Snake Smooth Earth Snake
Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous
       
Mississippi Green Water Snake
(Nerodia cyclopion)
Brown Water Snake
(Nerodia taxispilota)
Plainbelly Water Snake
(Nerodia erythrogaster)
Northern Water Snake
(Nerodia sipedon)
Mississippi Green Water Snake Plainbelly Water Snake Norther Water Snake
Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous
       
Southern Water Snake
(Nerodia fasciata)
Queen Snake
(Regina septemvittata)
Glossy Crayfish Snake
(Regina rigida)
Brown Snake
(Storeia dekayi)
Queen Snake Glossy Crayfish Brown Snake
Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous
       
Redbelly Snake
(Storeia occipitomaculata)
Ringneck Snake
(Diadophis punctatus)
Eastern Worm Snake
(Carphophis amoenus)
Rainbow Snake
(Farancia erytrogramma)
Red Belly Snake Ringneck Snake Western Worm Snake
Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous
       
Mud Snake
(Farancia abacura)
Eastern Hognose Snake
(Heterodon platyrhinos)
Southern Hognose Snake
(Heterodon simus)
Southeastern Crowned Snake
(Tantilla coronata)
Mud Snake Eastern Hognose Snake
Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous
Nonvenomous
       
Pine Woods Snake
(Rhadinaea flavilata)
Black Pine Snake
(Pituophis melonoleucus lodingi)
Common Kingsnake
(Lampropeltis getula)
Prairie Kingsnake
(Lampropeltis calligaster)
Prairie Kingsnake
Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous
       
Milk Snake
(Lampropeltis triangulum)
Louisiana Milk Snake
(Lampropeltis triangulum amaura)
Corn Snake
(Elaphe guttata)
Rat Snake
(Elaphe obsoleta)
Red Milk Snake Louisana Milk Snake
Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous
       
Gopher Snake
(Pituophis melanoleucus)
Rough Green Snake
(Opheodrys aestivus)
Indigo Snake
(Drymarchon corais)
Racer
(Coluber constrictor)
Rough Green Snake   
Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous Nonvenomous
       
Coachwhip
(Masticophis flagellum)
Scarlet Snake
(Cemophora cocinea)
   
Scarlet Snake    Mississippi's Venomous
Snakes
 

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