What Snakes Are Found in Georgia?


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Snakes found in Georgia include the nonvenomous eastern green water snake, brown water snake, smooth earth snake, mud snake and pine woods snake. Venomous copperheads, cottonmouths, pigmy rattlesnakes and eastern coral snakes also live in Georgia.

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Snakes are common residents in the state of Georgia, living in forests, parks, farm ponds and even backyards. Although most snake species found in backyards and gardens are smaller and nonvenomous, some larger species are attracted by the rodents and small mammals that take refuge in barns and crawl spaces. Homeowners worried about these snakes need to keep their homes free from rodents and block off any holes through which snakes and rodents can crawl.

Some of the deadliest snakes in the United States found in Georgia are the coral snake, pygmy rattlesnake, eastern diamondback rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, copperhead and cottonmouth. The coral snake is one of the most venomous snakes in Georgia, although rattlesnakes tend to be more aggressive. The cottonmouth prefers fleeing over fighting and lives mostly around water. Although the copperhead has a less toxic bite than other snakes, 37 percent of all venomous snake bites come from it because it's the most common venomous snake in the eastern United States.

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