The state of Florida has 46 species of snakes that are native to the area; the region of Central Florida is home to 35 of them. There are six species of venomous snakes found in Florida, and four of them take up residence in the Central region.
The poisonous snakes include the Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnake, the Pygmy Rattlesnake, the Coral snake and the Cottonmouth, also known as a Water Moccasin. All of the other snakes can be classified by their markings, which are grouped in categories such as diamonds, rings or crossbands, blotches, lengthwise stripes or mostly solid in color without any obvious markings to set them apart. Due to various scale patterns, some snakes fall into more than one category.