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What Types Of Snakes Are Found In Connecticut?

Connecticut has a great deal of snakes ranging from venomous species such as copperheads or rattlers, to harmless snakes like rat snakes and garter snakes. Many of these snakes live in metropolitan or neighborhood settings in or around the city of Hartford. So it’s important to identify which are venomous and which are not to be better equipped with knowing the next steps for snake removal.

Identifying Connecticut Snake Species

Unless you know how to do so properly, snake removal should be left to the professionals, especially if you don’t know the identification of the species. Some snakes may seem harmless but that shouldn’t be left to chance. Venomous snakes are very dangerous and you shouldn’t put yourself at risk. Stay informed and know the snakes in your area. According to Connecticut Snakes, the following are some of the most common venomous and non-venomous snake species found in Connecticut:

Non-Venomous Snakes

  • Garter Snake- also known as the eastern gartersnake is a smaller species, usually around 15 to 40 inches long, which has a dark brown or olive green body. Typically, the body will be marked with lighter splotches and three light yellow stripes down the whole body.
  • Black Racer- is a larger species around 30 to 65 inches long. Quite easy to spot as the body is typically solid black and a blue-gray belly.
  • Rat Snake- is a larger species with a thicker body around 45 to 70 inches in length. Also with a solid black body their rough scales and non-glossy appearance can differentiate them from the northern black racer.
  • Eastern Milk Snake- varies when it comes to appearance. This species is around 20 to 40 inches in length with a slim body. They can be seen with a whitish-gray body with brown, red, black or tan on the back. It can be mostly gray, brown or a red shade with a black and white checkerboard belly.
  • Hog-Nosed Snake- has a thicker body and is about 20 to 35 inches long. The coloration of this specific species can vary as they can have interchanging spots of brown, yellow and a reddish orange. The main body can be variations of brown, gray or olive green.
  • Ribbonsnake- has a more slender body with three yellow to yellow-orange stripes running down the length of a dark brown body. The belly of this snake is a yellow to a reddish brown. Its tail is long and thin and its head is two-colored with a white area under the eyes. They are around 20 to 35 inches in length.
  • Northern Watersnakes- are around 25 to 55 inches long with variable coloration. Usually they have a dark brown-toned body with alternating bands of brown, reddish brown and gray. Their belly is cream with reddish half-moons.
  • Redbelly Snake- The redbelly snake is a small snake. It has a brown or black with a bright red or orangish belly. It has 3 light-colored neck spots. It can be 8 to 11 inches long.
  • Ring-Necked Snake- is a small and thin snake around 10 to 25 inches long with a dark slate gray body that has a yellow ring around its neck. The belly of the snake is a yellow to orange color with a flatter head and smooth scale.
  • Eastern Wormsnake- Eastern Wormsnakes are very small snakes. They have glossy brown or gray bodies and pink translucent bellies, and can resemble earthworms. Their heads are small and flat, their eyes tiny and their tails stubby. The stubby tail has a sharp tip. They can be 7 to 14 inches long.
  • Smooth Greensnake- Smooth greensnakes are very thin, delicate, emerald-green snakes. Their bellies are ivory or yellow. They can be 12 to 25 inches long.
  • Dekay’s Brownsnake- The dekay's brownsnake is a small snake with a dark brown or tan body and two rows of darker spots down its back. Often there is a lighter band along the back as well. Its belly is gray to pink and can have small black spots. These snakes can be 9 to 15 inches long

Venomous Snakes

  • Copperhead Snake- The northern copperhead is a pit viper, so named because of two heat-sensing pits located between the eyes and nostrils. Copperheads are venomous. They are stocky snakes with copper-colored, brown or reddish-brown hour-glass-shaped bands along their body against a lighter background color. Their bellies are pinkish and may have dark markings. Their heads are much wider than their necks and have a triangular shape. They have yellow or coppery eyes. Unlike the eyes of the non-venomous snakes in Connecticut, a copperhead's eyes have vertical pupils. Copperheads also have 2 openings on each side of their head in contrast to the 1 opening present in Connecticut's non-venomous snakes. Northern copperheads can be 24 to 37 inches long.
  • Timber Rattlesnake- The timber rattlesnake is also a pit viper because of the two heat-sensing pits located between the eyes and nostrils. Timber rattlesnakes are venomous. They are stocky snakes with brown, tan, gray, dark gray, or yellowish bodies with darker V-shaped bands along their length. Their bellies are yellow. Their heads are much wider than their necks and have a triangular shape. Unlike the eyes of the non-venomous snakes in Connecticut, a rattlesnake's eyes have vertical pupils. Rattlesnakes also have 2 openings on each side of their head in contrast to the 1 opening present in Connecticut's non-venomous snakes.

Wildlife Control Services | Snake Removal

Wildlife Control Services, LLC is a full time, fully licensed and insured company. We are available to service residential as well as commercial and industrial clients. If you find a snake in your home or building it’s important to know whether it is venomous or not but it’s also important to remember, the ones that are not venomous could still bite if they feel threatened. We always strive to provide the customer and the wildlife with the safest and most effective management techniques at our disposal. So let us help you with snake removal to ensure safety and get the issue dealt with in an effective and timely manner.