Snakes in South Carolina

South Carolina has around 45 snake species, seven of which are venomous. The eastern copperhead is the most venomous snake found throughout the state, mainly inhabiting deciduous forests.

Along the coastal areas of South Carolina, the Lowcountry has several snakes, mostly the venomous ones, alongside non-venomous species too like the rough green snake, corn snake, and eastern racer. On the other hand, the Greenville county of Upstate South Carolina is home to a few venomous species like the timber rattlesnake, copperhead, and pigmy rattlesnake. The non-venomous snakes like the black racer, scarlet snake, and scarlet kingsnake also inhabit the upstate region. 

Snakes in South Carolina (SC)
RattlesnakesEastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Timber Rattlesnake
Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake
Carolina Pygmy Rattlesnake  
Coral SnakesEastern Coral Snake
Pit VipersEastern Copperhead Cottonmouth 
Water SnakesPlain-bellied Water Snake
Banded Water Snake
Florida Green Water Snake
Midland Water Snake
Common Watersnake
Brown Water Snake
Garter SnakesEastern Garter Snake
Eastern Ribbon Snake
Peninsula Ribbon Snake
Whip SnakesEastern Coachwhip
KingsnakesMole Kingsnake
Scarlet Kingsnake
Eastern Kingsnake
Eastern Milk Snake
Hognose SnakesEastern Hognose Snake
Southern Hognose Snake  
StoreriaNorthern Redbelly Snake
Florida Redbelly Snake
DeKay’s Brown Snake
ReginaQueen Snake
OpheodrysRough Green Snake
CarphophisEastern Worm Snake
PituophisPine Snake

Corn Snake
Black Rat Snake
Yellow Rat Snake
DiadophisNorthern Ringneck Snake
Southern Ringneck Snake
ColuberEastern Racer
CemophoraScarlet Snake
FaranciaEastern Mud Snake
Rainbow Snake

Glossy Crayfish Snake
Carolina Swamp Snake
TantillaSoutheastern Crown Snake
RhadinaeaPine Woods Snake
VirginiaEastern Smooth Earth Snake
Rough Earth Snake

Snakes by Colors and Patterns

Black Snakes: Black Rat Snake, Eastern Racer, Eastern Mud Snake

Red Snakes: Scarlet Kingsnake, Scarlet Snake, Eastern Milk Snake

Orange Snakes: Corn Snake

Snakes by Regions

Snakes in Upstate South Carolina: Timber Rattlesnake,Scarlet Kingsnake, Scarlet Snake,Eastern Racer

Snakes in Lowcountry South Carolina: Eastern Garter Snake, Corn Snake,Eastern Kingsnake,Rough Green Snake

Quick Information

Biggest Snake: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

Deadliest Snake: Eastern Copperhead