Snakes

Do you know which of these
snakes is a copperhead?

Every year, many innocent snakes
are killed because
they are thought to be
venomous copperhead snakes.
Click on the snake pictures below to learn more about those species.

nch_page_copperhead03
Copperhead
Northern Copperheads have dark colored cross bands that are for the most part shaped like an hourglass.
Their diet consists of rodents.
sp_blackratsnake003
Black Rat Snake
This black snake has a white chin and a black and white checkered abdomen.
They eat rodents, birds, and eggs, and can grow to 7 feet in length.
sp_northernringneckedsnake003
Northern Ringneck
These snakes are small slender snakes with a ring around their necks.
They eat invertebrates and amphibians such as worms and salamanders.
sp_easterngartersnake002
Eastern Garter Snake
These snakes can vary in color but all have the bold stripe down the back.
They eat insects, spiders, fish and amphibians and can grow to 4 feet in length.
sp_northernblackracer002
Black Racer
A shiny black snake with a white nose and a gray belly.
They eat insects, small birds, and rodents and can grow to 6 feet in length.
cornsnake
Cornsnake
Related to the rat snake, they feed on small rodents which they kill by constriction. They are often mistaken for copperheads and killed.
Their stripes are smaller and brighter and their abdomen has a striking checkered pattern.
sp_easternmilksnake001
Eastern Milk Snake
Another snake often mistaken for a copperhead. They are non-venomous and eat small rodents and other snakes.
sp_northernwatersnake001
Northern Water Snake
A non-venomous snake usually found near water and also commonly mistaken for a copperhead.

Care for sick and injured wildlife 540-664-9494