Snakes in The United States

Snakes both venomous and harmless abound all over the United States. Some of the most poisonous are rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads. They account for most deaths from snakebites in the U.S. We have some venomous snakes that rarely cause death although still poison. Many helpful snakes eat rats and are very mild mannered. Some make good pets.

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake in the U.S reaching as long as 8 ft. in llength.

In the U.S. poisonous snakes with venom are cotton mouths, sixteen species of rattlesnakes, copperheads, two species of coral snakes and the occasional yellow bellied sea snake that washes ashore on the California coastline. There are also some snakes with fangs at the back of the mouth that are venomous but not necessarily dangerous. It’s estimated that 300,000 people are bitten every year and 100,000 die from it.

Copperheads have an hourglass pattern. It picks up scent of its prey by scenting with its two pronged tongue.

Snakes can store great quantities of food in the stomach. Pythons and anacondas have been known to to go two years without food. Many snakes retreat to earthen crevices, animal burrows, anthills and root systems for as long as 7 to 8 months, according to the weather. Because the young are born in late summer, some have to locate winter dens fairly quickly.

This Gaboon Viper is stretching it’s mouth back in shape after consuming a rat.

In the U.S. a snake den is located in Murphysboro Illinois over looking the Mississippi river. Marlon Perkins used to bring interested parties in the fall and spring to see the assortment of snakes in the vicinity of their winter dens. It’s celebrated today for it’s seasonal migrations of snakes between the swamplands and the limestone bluffs. For several weeks every spring the Forest Service closes off the narrow road to all traffic.

Where conditions are especially dry, snakes retreat below ground during the hottest weather, burrowing in mud or soil. Strange as it seems desert dwelling snakes do not. Probably because they are better adapted to the heat. Snakes can regulate their body temperature by taking advantage of heat from the ground, water, air or reflected sun light. They, in fact are masters of their environment. Snakes simply shift their position into areas where heat can be absorbed.

The corn snake

The corn snake is one of America’s most beautiful snakes. It’s located in corn fields and corn cribs searching for rats that are attracted to ripening corn. Corn snakes are popular pets in the U.S. and Europe. Although usually mild they show bravery when cornered.

The yellow rat snake is harmless, brightly colored and spends it’s time around houses, in trees and barn lofts where it hunts for rats, birds nests and squirrels.

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35 Responses to “Snakes in The United States”
  1. LoveDoctor Says...

    On July 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Well-written and informative. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near these creepy pets.

  2. Buma Says...

    On July 7, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    i have watched to much animal-planet to know that these creatures inhabit the U.S. in massive numbers.

  3. LCM Linda Says...

    On July 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Interesting topic and informative. I seldom come across a snake. Last encounter was a small one which moved too fast, I couldn’t tell what species it is.

  4. Eunice Tan Says...

    On July 7, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I am afraid of snake. Hope I won’t meet them.

  5. The Soul Explorer Says...

    On July 7, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Scary animals!

  6. IP man Says...

    On July 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    where is it come from

  7. vijayanths Says...

    On July 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    King Gobra is the most dangerous of all snakes. Good info.

  8. Fleur D Says...

    On July 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Snakes have their purpose killing rodents no problem there. I ran.into one in Arizona.but it slithered away from us thank God.

  9. wonder Says...

    On July 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    All snakes appear to be harmful until we learn about them.

  10. briantaylor1992 Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 1:11 am

    You would NOT see anyone in my house owning a snake haha. Interesting article. I like the look of the yellow rat snake ^.^

  11. Dreamy777 Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 5:34 am

    I am very afraid of snakes. Thanks for the great post.

  12. Hettie Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Great article Ruby, I think I will stick with our snails thanks.;)

  13. chitragopi Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 7:42 am

    They all look colouful and beautiful. The fact about anacondas and pythons- amazing. Lovely article!

  14. lonelyplanet Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 7:52 am

    A nice post.

  15. lapasan Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

    The rattle snake is scary. I’m afraid of all snakes.

  16. siriiiii Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I am scared of snakes.

  17. Atanacio Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

    A very good share Ruby, up here we just have the copper heads–

  18. Sebastian Onciu Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Great article;however I hate these nasty creatures.

  19. sambasivarao Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Very interesting about this snakes. In India also we are seeing different kinds of snakes.

  20. pandabear Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 11:36 am

    nice article

  21. sylent_nenjah Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Great post. I’m a reptile fan myself :)

  22. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    In Canada we also have Rattlesnakes, my sister has seen them in her back yard.

  23. lowellhenderson Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I have been a snake person all my life. I loved your article…very well written and put together.

  24. yes me Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    We don’t have many over here only grass snakes, and the clever one the adder ,he is a bit poisonous… cheers Ruby

  25. jrabraham Says...

    On July 8, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    My greatest fear!

  26. zaugis Says...

    On July 9, 2011 at 6:21 am

    Great article.
    Know the environment, so you can stay.

  27. bobbyc Says...

    On July 9, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Very interesting information and done very well. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Cassle Tang Says...

    On July 10, 2011 at 2:45 am

    The yellow rat snake is harmless? Well, I heard somewhere that bright colored snakes are usually very dangerous, this one might be the exception then. :)

  29. PR Mace Says...

    On July 10, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Good snake information. I for one don’t like snakes and I certainly don’t want one for a pet. They are so hard to walk on a leash. We see them in our backyard all the time. They are usually along the fence line. My husband told me when he cut the grass on Friday he saw one moving across the ground trying to get into the woods behind our house.

  30. UncleSammy Says...

    On July 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Nice share

  31. buggle Says...

    On July 10, 2011 at 6:02 pm


  32. boob Says...

    On July 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm


  33. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On July 11, 2011 at 2:04 am

    Informative. I thought all of them were harmful

  34. Mofury Says...

    On July 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    informative. Thanks!

  35. sensation Says...

    On July 13, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Well written with good snaps about these creatures. But how do they have snakes as pets?

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