Snakes in Tennessee

Tennessee has around 32 snake species, of which around five are venomous. The timber rattlesnake, the biggest and deadliest of all the venomous snakes dwelling here, is common throughout the state, primarily found in the eastern part of Tennessee. Memphis, in Tennessee’s southwestern corner, is home to several snakes, mostly the non-venomous ones such as the worm and corn snakes.

The gray rat snake, commonly known as the chicken snake, has a widespread distribution and is Tennessee’s largest, measuring 42-72 inches in length.

Snakes in Tennessee (TN)
RattlesnakesPigmy Rattlesnake
Timber Rattlesnake  
Pit VipersNorthern Copperhead
Southern Copperhead Cottonmouth  
Water SnakesMississippi Green Watersnake Plain-bellied Watersnake
Southern Watersnake
Diamond-backed Watersnake Common Watersnake  
Garter SnakesWestern Ribbon Snake
Eastern Ribbon Snake
Common Garter Snake  
Whip Snakes 
Common Kingsnake
Milk Snake
Yellow-bellied Kingsnake
Hognose SnakesEastern Hog-nosed Snake
StoreriaDeKay’s Brownsnake
Redbelly Snake  
ReginaQueen Snake
OpheodrysRough Greensnake
CarphophisWorm Snake
PituophisPine Snake

Gray Ratsnake
Black Rat Snake
Corn Snake  
DiadophisRing-necked Snake
ColuberEastern Racer  
CemophoraScarlet Snake
FaranciaMud Snake
TantillaSoutheastern Crown Snake
VirginiaRough Earth Snake
Smooth Earth Snake  

Snakes by Colors and Patterns

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

Brown Snakes: Northern Copperhead, DeKay’s Brownsnake, Southern Copperhead, Common Garter Snake 

Snakes by Regions

Snakes in Eastern Tennessee: Timber Rattlesnake, Eastern Racer

Snakes in Western Tennessee: Southern Copperhead, Western Ribbon Snake, Eastern Ribbon Snake

Snakes in Middle Tennessee: Northern Copperhead,Pigmy Rattlesnake, Southeastern Crown Snake, Common Garter Snake

Quick Information

Biggest Snake: Timber Rattlesnake

Smallest Snake: Worm Snake

Deadliest Snake: Gray Rat Snake