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Poisonous Snakes of the United States

Poisonous Snake Index       Pictures of Snakes 

Repelling Snakes    Trapping Snakes

This page contains pictures of the poisonous snakes found in the United States.  To view the pictures, click on the thumbnail image of your choice.  To return to this page, click the Back Button on your browser.  Above the thumbnail image of each snake, there is a link which will allow you to click through to each individual snake's information page.  All snake pictures will enlarge to show detailed photographs and the regions in the United States where the particular snake is normally found.
Our thanks to Dr. Andrew Kouloulis, noted herpetologist, for permission to use his research and pictures provided on these pages.  Most of our snake information taken from Dr. Kouloulis' Poisonous Snake Chart.

Black-Tailed Rattlesnake Crotalus m. molossus

Blacktailed Rattlesnake


Canebrake Rattlesnake Crotalus h. atricaudatus

Canebreak Rattlesnake


Copperheads (Agkistrodon Contortrix)



Coral snakes (Micrurus Fulvius)

Coral Snake               coral snake pictures, range

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Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon Piscivorus)

Adult Cottonmouth (water moccasin) picture       Young Cottonmouth (water moccasin) picture


Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotalus adamanteus

Eastern Diamondback


Massasauga Rattlesnake Sistrurus c. catenatus

Massasauga rattlesnake picture


Mojave Rattlesnake Crotalus s. scutulatus

Mojave rattlesnake picture

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Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus v. oreganus

Pacific Rattlesnake Picture


Pigmy Rattlesnake Sistrurus m. barbouri

Pymy Rattlesnake




Prairie Rattlesnake Crotalus v. viridus

Prairie Rattlesnake Picture


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Sidewinders Crotalus cerastes

Sidewinder (side winder) Rattlesnake Picture



Speckled Rattlesnake Crotalus m. pyrrhus

Speckled Rattlesnake Picture



Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus

Timber Rattlesnake



Western Diamond Back Rattlesnake Crotalus atrox

Western Diamondback (diamond back) Rattlesnake Picture

Black-Tailed Rattlesnake

Canebrake Rattlesnake


Coral snakes


Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Massasauga Rattlesnake

Mojave Rattlesnake

Pacific Rattlesnake

Pigmy Rattlesnake

Prairie Rattlesnake


Speckled Rattlesnake

Timber Rattlesnake

Western Diamond Back Rattlesnake

Characteristics of Pit Viper Snakes:

  • Large fangs; nonpoisonous snakes have small teeth.
  • The two fangs of a poisonous snake are hollow and work like a hypodermic needle.
  • Pupils resemble vertical slits.
  • Presence of a pit. Pit vipers have a telltale pit between the eye and the mouth. The pit, a heat-sensing organ, makes it possible for the snake to accurately strike a warm-blooded victim, even if the snake cannot see the victim.
  • A triangular or arrowhead shaped head.
  • The rattlesnake often shakes its rattles as a warning, BUT NOT ALWAYS!

One snake that is not a pit viper snake but is poisonous is the coral snake. The coral snake is highly poisonous and resembles a number of nonpoisonous snakes. It does not have fangs and has round pupils. Because its mouth is so small and its teeth are short, most coral snakes inflict bites on the toes and fingers. They have to chew the skin a while to inject venom. Coral snakes are small and ringed with red, yellow, and black. The chances for recovery of a snakebite are great if the patient receives care within two hours of the bite.

Our thanks and gratitude to Dr. Andrew Kouloulis, noted herpetologist, for permission to use his research and pictures provided on these pages.  Information taken from Dr. Kouloulis' Poisonous Snake Chart.

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