9 Most Popular Snake Species in the US

The Eastern Garter Snake is widespread across the United States. Known for its adaptability and vibrant stripes, it's often seen in gardens and yards.

1. Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

As the largest venomous snake in North America, the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is recognized for its diamond-shaped markings and rattling sound. Despite its danger, it plays a crucial role in its ecosystem.

2. Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)

Black Rat Snakes are large, non-venomous constrictors. They have dark-colored scales and are often found in wooded areas. They are valued for their role in controlling rodent populations.

3. Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis obsoletus)

Corn Snakes are favorites among reptile enthusiasts due to their vibrant colors and docile nature. They are commonly kept as pets and are admired for their intricate patterns.

4. Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)

Similar to its Eastern counterpart, the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake has distinctive diamond-shaped markings and a characteristic rattle. It is both revered and respected in the southwestern US.

5. Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)

Often mistaken for venomous snakes, Northern Water Snakes are non-venomous and commonly found near water bodies. Their presence often sparks interest and concern due to their resemblance to venomous species.

6. Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon)

Copperheads are easily identified by their copper-colored heads and hourglass patterns. Despite being venomous, they are respected for their role in controlling rodent populations.

7. Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix)

Gopher Snakes are large, non-venomous constrictors known for their patterns that mimic rattlesnakes. They play an important role in local ecosystems by controlling rodent populations.

8. Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)

King Snakes are non-venomous and known for their immunity to venom, allowing them to prey on other snakes, including venomous ones. They are admired for their striking patterns and colors.

9. King Snake (Lampropeltis spp.)