Can You Tell Which Snakes are Venomous?

The fear of snakes can transform an enjoyable outdoor experience into a nightmare, even if the chances of being bitten are very small, which they are. Some folks have reptile phobias, irrational fears, while others can learn to deal with snakes. The more you know about snakes and understand their role in the environment, the less terrible these creatures become. Daniel Xu has amassed a list of the top 10 venomous snakes in North America for OutdoorHub; the more you know the better.


There are over 20 species of venomous snakes in North America. In the United States, there is at least one species of venomous snake in every state except Alaska. About 8,000 people are bitten every year, but thanks to modern medicine, antivenom keeps the number of fatalities at only a handful.

In this list, we have complied a list of the continent’s most deadly snakes due to either the potency of their venom, their aggressiveness, or the sheer number of deaths attributed to them. Venomous snakes rarely bite humans, but sometimes it can be all too easy to unintentionally intrude on their space.

Be careful out there, and keep an eye out for these critters. They are listed in no particular order… [continued]

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  1. How to protect the workers who work in the areas where plenty of the venomous snakes wander about is a necessary discussion. The first thing to do for this is to identify the venomous snakes . I think it would be not a wise thing to take a decision to annihilate the snakes. Because it could have an adverse effect on the biodiversity. So check and balance and safety should have been carried on hand in hand.

  2. I live in Maine and have never seen or heard of a poisonous snake here. In fact I have never even seen a garter snake, let alone one that could be poisonous. Can you comment on something I and many Mainers are not aware of here?

    • We have had Timber rattlers here in New Hampshire as recently as 2014, although rare, they here. There’s no reason why they wouldn’t b in southern Maine also.

  3. It’s terrible news for tourist. They must be informed before visiting the area where toxical snakes are available. In order to stay safe tourist should follow your article. Thanks for the awareness full informative post.

  4. Copperheads usually aren’t fatal unless the person is very young or has a compromised immune system. The rest are venomous enough, but all are easily avoidable. Don’t try to kill them, leave them alone and they’ll leave you alone.