There are at least 33 known species of snakes found in the state of Kentucky. This includes four venomous species and 29 that are nonvenomous.Continue Reading
The four venomous snakes include the copperhead, western cottonmouth, timber rattlesnake and western pygmy rattlesnake. All belong to the subfamily Crotalinae, known as the "pit vipers," and are distinguishable by visible sensory pits on the side of their heads that detect the heat of prey.
While the bites of these snakes are quite painful, they are rarely fatal to humans and only occur when the reptiles are threatened. Some of the common nonvenomous species native to the Bluegrass State include the brown, eastern garter, milk, rat, redbelly and ringneck snakes.Learn more about Snakes
Mojave ball pythons are snakes of the species Python regius that have a reduced pattern of light markings against a dark background. The light markings are teardrop-shaped with a single dark spot in the middle and are separated from one another by darker outlines.Full Answer >
All species of snakes are carnivores, or meat eaters. Most snakes eat rats and birds, but some of the larger species can eat deer and other larger animals. Small snakes eat invertebrates, such as insects.Full Answer >
Several species of snakes, including Cropan’s boa, Ramsay’s python and the Round Island boa, are endangered as of 2014. The short-nosed and leaf-scaled sea snakes that live in the coral reefs surrounding Australia are also critically endangered.Full Answer >
The green anaconda is considered to be one of the largest species of snakes in the world, with some specimens reaching 29 feet in length and weighing as much as 550 pounds. Although reticulated pythons can grow longer, experts contend that the green anaconda is significantly heavier.Full Answer >