What Are Some Notable Features of the Pennsylvania State Snake?


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Pennsylvania does not have a state snake or any other state reptile as of 2015. The state's house of representatives attempted to name the eastern box turtle as the state reptile in 2009, but the bill died in the senate. Only half of U.S. states have designated official state reptiles.

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Despite the fact that there is no official state snake, there are several species of snakes that are native to Pennsylvania. Among these are the timber rattlesnake, northern copperhead, eastern rat snake and eastern garter snake. Rattlesnakes and copperheads are both venomous, but all other species are non-venomous. Prey varies from earthworms to rodents, and one species, the northern ringneck, occasionally preys on salamanders.

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