Here at SEAVS, we do not see venomous snakes, nor do we encourage keeping them as pets.  Furuthermore, any wild animal should be left out in the wild.

There are several venomous snakes native to our area.  They include the Eastern Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin, Northern Copperhead, Southern Copperhead and the Timber Rattlesnake.  For more information click here.

In general, venomous snakes have clearly identifiable anatomical features that will help you distinguish them from non-venomous species.  They have elliptical pupils, like a cat.  When viewed from above, the head appears more triangular in shape and is wider than the neck.  There is a heat-sensing pit between the nostril and eye on each side of its head.  Rattlesnakes in particular have a completely black tail with a rattle on the end.

In contrast, non-venomous species in our area tend to be more slender and have spoon shaped heads.  They have circular, rather than elliptical pupils.  Many native species will mimic rattle snakes in appearance, behavior and posture.  The most common example of this is them shaking their tail against brush and hissing to create a “rattle” sound.

For a description of venomous snakes according to state, visit: