Identifying Poisonous Snakes in Maryland

Are you able to identify the poisonous snakes of Maryland? Can you recall how many different types of species of snakes we have living in the state of Maryland? In the state of Maryland, we have 27 different species of snakes taking residence. Of those twenty seven species, 2 of them are venomous. Because of their color and choice of habitat, these two snakes are very difficult to see and can be hard to identify at times. The two poisonous snakes that can be found in Maryland are the Timber Rattlesnake and the Northern Copperhead. When you think of a creature being venomous, you most often imagine them being brightly colored to warn off their predators However, that is not the case with the two species of snake in Maryland. These two snakes have very neutral coloring, making them difficult to see in the wild. The Northern Copperhead can grow to be about 36 inches in length and has an overall brown body. The back of this snake is normally dark brown with a deeper brown cross band pattern going down the back. Their head is flat and triangular in shape with a red to copper coloring. The Northern Copperhead can be found most often in rocky areas or throughout forests. The Timber Rattlesnake is a little easier to identify because of its rattle on the back of its tail. It is the only species in Maryland to have a rattle. Like the Northern Copperhead, the Timber Rattlesnake has a flat and triangular head. The Timber Rattlesnake tends to have two different color phases.

  1. Yellow- The snake has dark brown or black chevrons going down its yellow to gray back.
  2. Black- The snake is almost completely black, with the occasional brown coloring down its back.

Similar to the Northern Copperhead, the Timber Rattlesnake can be found in rocky areas. If you come across a snake in your home or on your property, call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control at once. Do not attempt to identify the snake yourself by approaching it; these two poisonous snakes will bite if provoked and medical attention will need to be found immediately. Our professional technicians at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control have been trained to remove all species of snakes, including the poisonous one, without fear of harm to themselves or the creatures. Call Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control whenever you have a pest situation. Call us at 443-417-3137 or click here You can also find us on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.