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SNAKES Of east tennessee

EAST TENNESSEE IS HOME TO 23 SPECIES OF SNAKES; ONLY 2 OF THESE ARE VENOMOUS.

NONVENOMOUS SNAKES FOUND IN EAST TENNESSEE VENOMOUS SNAKES FOUND IN EAST TENNESSEE

Photo by John White

Photo by David Scott

Photo by John White

Photo by David Scott

Photo by John White

BLACK KINGSNAKE

Lampropeltis niger

SCARLET KINGSNAKE

Lampropeltis elapsoides

EASTERN MILKSNAKE

Lampropeltis triangulum

MOLE KINGSNAKE

Lampropeltis rhombomaculata

RING-NECKED SNAKE

Diadophis punctatus

Photo by Cryste Atnip

Photo by Jeremy Hamlington

TIMBER RATTLESNAKE

Crotalus horridus

COPPERHEAD

Agkistrodon contortrix

LEAD PHASE

TAN PHASE

COTTONMOUTHS (Agkistrodon piscivorus) DO NOT OCCUR IN EAST TENNESSEE. MOST REPORTED SIGHTINGS CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO MISIDENTIFICATION OF THE NORTHERN WATERSNAKE.

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SMOOTH EARTHSNAKE

Virginia valeriae

EASTERN WORMSNAKE

Carphophis amoenus

RED-BELLIED SNAKE

Storeria occipitomaculata

DEKAY'S BROWNSNAKE

Storeria dekayi

Photo by David Scott

COTTONMOUTH

Agkistrodon piscivorus

Photo by David Scott

Photo by John White

Photo by John White

Photo by John White

Photo by John White

SCARLETSNAKE

Cemophora coccinea

RATSNAKE

Elaphe spiloides

CORNSNAKE

Elaphe guttata

BLACK RACER

Coluber constrictor

ROUGH GREENSNAKE

Opheodrys aestivus

VENOMOUS OR NONVENOMOUS

HEAT PIT ELIPTICAL PUPIL NOSTRIL ROUND PUPIL NOSTRIL

Photo by John White

Photo by John White

Photo by David Scott

Photo by David Scott

Photo by David Scott

QUEEN SNAKE

Regina septemvittata

EASTERN RIBBONSNAKE

Thamnophis sauritus

COMMON GARTERSNAKE

Thamnophis sirtalis

NORTHERN PINESNAKE

Pituophis melanoleucus

SOUTHEASTERN CROWNED SNAKE

Tantilla coronata

Photo by Scott Dykes

Photo by John White

VENOMOUS SNAKES IN EAST TENNESSEE CAN BE IDENTIFIED BY THE PRESENCE OF HEAT SENSING PITS BEHIND THE NOSTRILS AND ELIPTICAL PUPILS.

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EASTERN HOG-NOSED SNAKE

Heterodon platirhinos

NORTHERN WATERSNAKE

Nerodia sipedon

NONVENOMOUS SNAKES LACK HEAT SENSING PITS AND HAVE ROUND PUPILS.

Acknowledgements: Dr. Floyd Scott, Austin Peay State University Lisa Powers, Froghaven Farm Contributing Photographers

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SNAKES OF EAST TENNESSEE, CONTACT PETE WYATT OR SCOTT DYKES, TWRA REGION IV NONGAME BIOLOGISTS.

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