Snakes

 of Tennessee

 

Tennessee is home to 34 species of snakes, only 4 of which are venomous.  Please take the time to learn more about these interesting and beneficial residents of our state.  Below is a list of snake species native to Tennessee.

Amphibian and Reptile Checklist for each of the Grand Divisions of Tennessee

 

West Tennessee

Middle Tennessee

East Tennessee

County Map by www.tn.gov

 

 List of Scientific names             Venomous or Not?           

Snakebite statistics         Avoiding snakes & Preventing Snakebite

Living with Snakes in Tennessee (.pdf)     Is it a Cottonmouth? (.pdf)

reptile review (.pdf)

Tennessee's Non-venomous Snakes
 

Coachwhip
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake
 
(sometimes called chicken snake)
 
Kirtland's Snake
 
 
Mississippi Green Watersnake
 
 
 
Pinesnake
 
 
 
 
(also called red ratsnake, cornsnake)
 
 
Rough Earthsnake

Rough Greensnake
 
Scarlet Kingsnake
 
 
 
Southeastern Crowned Snake
 
 
 
Yellow-bellied Kingsnake
 
*These snakes are very common statewide and are a good place to start if you are trying to ID a snake.

 

In Tennessee, it is illegal to harm, kill, remove from the wild, or possess native snakes taken from the wild without the proper permits.

Please help the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to protect our native snakes. Do not remove snakes from the wild or release snakes that have been captive into the wild.

Once-captive snakes often don't survive in the wild and can introduce harmful diseases and parasites into the wild.

 

 

 
 
Tennessee's Venomous Snakes
 
 
Western Pigmy Rattlesnake

 

 

Ring-necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus

Photo by Lisa Powers, Froghaven Farm

 

Tennessee Herpetological Society

 

Snakes are important to the environment and help to keep nature in balance.

 

 Recommended Guides:

 

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Last update April 08, 2016