Snakes in Florida

Florida has around 50 snake species, of which seven are venomous. Some garden snakes seen for most of the year include rough green snakes, ring-necked snakes, and garter snakes. The Burmese python, invasive to the state, is said to be the largest snake species in Florida.

The biggest Burmese python caught here in 2012 was a female who was 18 feet in length and 215 pounds in weight. Biologists had to spend a good 20 minutes before finally subduing her. Another non-native snake species found in Florida since the 2000s is the Central African Python inhabiting the Miami-Dade and Sarasota counties.

Snakes in Florida (FL)
CottonmouthsFlorida Cottonmouth Snake
Coral SnakesEastern Coral Snake
Pit VipersSouthern Copperhead  (White Oak Snake)
Eastern Copperhead
RattlesnakesPygmy Rattlesnake
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Timber Rattlesnake
Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake
Kingsnakes–  Apalachicola Kingsnake
Ring-necked Snake
Southern Ring-necked Snake Prairie Kingsnake
Scarlet Kingsnake
Florida Kingsnake
Short-tailed Snake
Eastern Milksnake
Garter SnakeEastern Garter Snake
Blue-striped Garter Snake Southern Ribbon Snake
Hognose Snakes Eastern Hognose Snake Southern Hognose Snake  
Water SnakesFlorida Banded Water Snake Mississippi Green Watersnake Brown Watersnake
Salt Marsh Snake
Diamond-backed Watersnake Plain-bellied Water Snake
Whip SnakesEastern Coachwhip
IndotyphlopsBrahminy Blind Snake
Tantilla Florida Crowned Snake Southeastern Crown Snake
PantherophisCorn Snake
Eastern Rat Snake
Gray Rat Snake
DrymarchonEastern Indigo Snake
BoasBoa Constrictor
OpheodrysRough Green Snake
StoreriaFlorida Brown Snake
Dekay’s Brownsnake
Florida Red-bellied Snake
AcrochordusElephant Trunk Snake
PituophisPine Snake
Florida Pine Snake
Carphophis Worm Snake
FaranciaMud Snake
Rainbow Snake
LiodytesGlossy Crayfish Snake
Striped Crayfish Snake
ColuberSouthern Black Racer
PythonBurmese Python
Central African Rock Python
Rhadinaea Pine Woods Snake
HaldeaRough Earth Snake
CemophoraFlorida Scarlet Snake

Snakes by Colors and Patterns

Black Snakes: Brahminy Blind Snake, Eastern Indigo Snake, Florida Cottonmouth Snake, Eastern Coachwhip

Red Snakes: Florida Red-bellied Snake, Corn Snake, Eastern Coral Snake, Florida Scarlet Snake

Brown Snakes: Florida Brown Snake, DeKay’s Brownsnake, Brown Water Snake, Eastern Copperhead

Yellow Snakes: Eastern Garter Snake, Eastern Rat Snake, Eastern Ribbon Snake, Scarlet Kingsnake

Green Snakes: Mississippi Green Watersnake, Rough Green Snake, Plain-bellied Water Snake

Orange Snakes: Corn Snake, Eastern Hog-nosed Snake

Blue Snakes: Blue-stripe Garter Snake

Striped Snakes: Striped Crayfish Snake, Mud Snake, Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnake, Corn Snake

Snakes by Regions

Snakes in North Florida: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake,Florida Banded Watersnake, Corn Snake, Scarlet Kingsnake

Snakes in South Florida: Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake, Florida Cottonmouth, Eastern Coral Snake, Southern Black Racer

Snakes in Central Florida: Southern Hognose Snake, Mississippi Green Watersnake, Pine Woods Snake, Brahminy Blind Snake                                                                                                                                  

Quick Information

Largest Snake: Burmese Python

Smallest Snake: Brahminy Blindsnake

Most Venomous Snakes: Florida Cottonmouth, Eastern Copperhead, Timber Rattlesnake

Invasive Snakes: Burmese Python, Central African Rock Python, Boa Constrictor