Common Snakes of South Carolina
South Carolina geography includes rivers, coastal plains and sea islands with humid and warm climate-something that is perfect for snakes. There are 38 snake species in South Carolina of which 5 are venomous.
Venomous snakes of South Carolina
As already mentioned, South Carolina has 5 venomous snake species and these are:
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Timber Rattlesnake (Also known as Canebrake Rattlesnake),
Pygmy Rattlesnake, Copperhead and Cottonmouth.
Non venomous snakes of South Carolina
There are 33 non venomous snakes common to South Carolina. The fact that they are not venomous doesn't help much because majority of them resemble common venomous snakes, so it is much better to leave them alone then to play guessing game.
Black Racer- this is one of the most common snakes in South Carolina. It is black and not very long, reaching up to approximately 70 inches.
Rat Snakes-South Carolina has following common rat snakes: Black Rat, Corn Snake and Yellow Rat snake.
Eastern Garter-this garter snake comes with light stripes down dark (grey, brown or olive) body. This is medium-sized snake that can reach up to 25 inches of length. They eat anything but prefer slugs, worms, frogs and toads.
Scarlet Snake-this is red, yellow and black snake that resembles coral snake as a mode of defense against predators. It reaches up to 25 inches in length and usually goes out during night.
Eastern Hognose Snake-this is common South Carolina snake that grows up to 30 inches in length.
Brown Snake-this snake is named after its brown skin with slightly lighter belly area. This snake eats bugs, earthworms and snails and can often be found under the pile of garbage in your backyard.
Eastern King Snake-common in South Carolina are Scarlet King Snake and Mole King Snake. They have bright patches of black, red, yellow and white that resembles venomous snakes, as a defensive mechanism to scare of predators.
Rough Green Snake-this is bright green non venomous snake that grows up to 45 inches in length. It eats insects and lives in grassy areas.
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