Florida's Venomous Snakes

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Eastern Diamondback Rattler

crotalus adamanteus

  • Can grow to 8.5 feet making it the largest venomous snake in North America.
  • Give birth to live young (do not lay eggs) also called ovoviviparous.
  • Are capable of accurately striking up to one third of the length of their body.
  • Can be found throughout the State of Florida

Timber/Canebrake Rattler Snake

crotalus horridus

  • Third largest venomous snake in North America 
  • Give birth to live young (do not lay eggs) also called ovoviviparous 
  • Can be found in parts of northern Florida

Dusky Pygmy Rattle Snake

sistrurus miliarius barbouri

  • Can grow to a maximum length of 30 inches
  • Is the most commonly found venomous snake throughout Florida
  • Give birth to live young (do not lay eggs) also called ovoviviparous 
  • A newborn can coil up and be no larger than a quarter.  

Eastern Coral Snake

Micrurus fulvius

  • Red touches yellow, Kill a fellow.......
  • Most active at dusk and after a rain fall 
  • Fangs sit in the rear of the snakes mouth, making it harder to bite you.
  • Most common place to find a coral snake around your yard is in a compost pile
  • Can reach lengths just over 4 feet

Water Moccasin / 

Cotton Mouth

agkistrodon piscivorus

  • Can grow to just over 6 feet 
  • Found around water, are commonly known to have an aggressive temperament and often seen with mouth open displaying fangs.
  • As juveniles, their body pattern resembles a copper head but as they mature they turn mostly all black.
  • Give birth to live young (do not lay eggs) also called ovoviviparous

Copper head

agkistrodon contortrix

  • Found in most parts of the panhandle of northern Florida 
  • Can grow to reach 3 feet in length
  • The head of the Copper head has the most defined arrow shape of all of Florida's venomous species.
  • You are most likely to find them in a heavily fallen leafy  areas.

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