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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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.