The venomous snake's of Georgia information on this web page comes directly from GA Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division. Verminators also wish to educate Georgia residents of the 6 venomous snakes in our state.
COPPERHEAD: These snakes are found in hardwood forests, both wet and dry. Adults reach 2-3 feet in length and are light brown to pinkish in color with darker, saddle shaped crossbrands. Young copperheads have a bright yellow tail tip that is used to lure small prey. Call Verminators today (770) 682-5768 to hunt and round up unwanted snakes and copperheads on your property.
COTTONMOUTH: These snakes are found in every type of wetland habitat but travels across land in search of food. Adults reach 3-4 feet in length and vary in color. Their backs may be drab brown or olive with darker crossbands. The belly is dull yellow and brown, and the underside of the tail is usually black. Unlike other water snakes, the cottonmouth has a black bank from its eyes extending towards its neck and often stands its ground with an open mouthed threat display. Like the copperhead, young cottonmouths have bright yellow tail tips
TIMBER RATTLESNAKE (CANEBRAKE): These snakes are found in a variety of terrestrial habitats as well as swamps. Adults might reach up to 5 feet in length. Their basic color is gray with black V Shaped crossbands. Some may have orange-brown stripe down the middle of their back. The tail is black with rattles at the tip. This species is passive if not pestered, rarely attacking if you back away and leave it alone.
EASTERN DIAMONDBACK RATTLESNAKE: These snakes are found mostly in dry terrestrial habitats but also wet areas. Adults may reach up to 6+ feet in length. Thier basic color is light to dark brown with distinct diamonds of brown and yellow. The tail is banded and has rattles. Because of the snake's huge size and potent venom, it is considered to by some to be the most dangerous snake in the United States.
PIGMY RATTLESNAKE: These snakes are found in wooded areas and swamps. Adulths are heavy-bodied but rarely more than a foot long. They are dull gray with dark gray or brown blotches on the back and sides. This species is so small that people rarely see them coiled in pinestraw or dead leaves.
EASTERN CORAL SNAKE: These snakes are ELAPIDS, the snake family that includes cobras, kraits, and coral snakes - all of which have fixed fangs. Only one elapid species lives in Georgia, and it has short fixed fangs in the front of its mouth. These snakes are found in a wide variety of habitats including wooded areas, fields, and ponds. Adults reach about 2 feet in length with red, yellow, and black rings encircling the body, the species may be confused with the non venemous Scarlet Kingsnake, which has similar band colors. However, the two species may be distinguished by the order of their colored bands. "red touches yellow harms a fellow" the venomous eastern coral snake. "red touches black, venom lack/friend of Jack" the non-venomous Scarlet Kingsnake. Coral snake bits can be quite serious, do not pick this snake up!
Georgia Snakes 411
According to the National Wildlife Federation, at least 20% of the US population suffers some degree of snake fear. Regardless of the fear, extreme fear is unnecessary. Snakes are not under every rock or behind every tree. Encounters are relatively infrequent. Typically, the more people learn about snakes, the less they fear them. By learning about species identification and distribution as well as the fascinating natural history of these reptiles, you will greatly reduce your fear of Georgia's snakes and enjoy the outdoors more. This infomation comes directly from the GA Department of Natural Resources - Wildlife Resources Division.
Georgia Laws Regarding Snakes: Many people feel the only good snake is a dead snake and go out of their way to kill them. Harmless water snakes are often mistaken for cottomouths and are killed just in case. However, killing non venomous snakes in Georgia is illegal. Keeping native non venomous snakes as pets is also illegal without the proper permits for GADNR. Venomous snakes, although beneficial, are not protected since they may pose a threat to humans. Be sure you know which 6 of the 41 species of snakes in Georgia are venomous. If possible, leave venomous snakes alone; don't kill them just because its legal.