South Carolina is
home to more than thirty eight different types
of snakes and only six are recorded to be
venomous. The snakes in South Carolina stay in a
wide range of habitats, eat different diets and
behave differently when confronted. Majority of
the venomous snakes here are secretive and love
to hide away from humans thus chances of running
into one are minimal, except when one is taking
a tour in the wild where they could be holed up.
The corn snake is one of the most commonly
sighted snakes in South Carolina, popular for
its red under belly that resembles Indian corn.
Known to be skilled climbers and young ones
talented in this art as well, when they are not
doing the climbing then these snake will mostly
hide underground or behind some other objects to
avoid running into jam with humans or other
potentially harmful creatures.
The southern banded water snake is another
common snake residing in South Carolina. It is
identified with its cross bands that are usually
dark in color with the addition of a dark stripe
that runs from its eyes to the jaw regions. This
snake is a good swimmer and loves to reside new
water bodies where it hunts for prey as well.
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The eastern chain king snake, also known as the
common king snake, is one the largest snakes in
South Carolina. For its big size, it preys on a
number of animals including insects and rodents
and fellow snakes that cross its path are also
not very fortunate, including venomous ones.
The Dekays Brown snake is known to be one other
secretive snake that is non-venomous in nature –
often seeking to hide from humans. It is brown
in color with two dark rows running down its
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Venomous snakes of South Carolina
But there are also a number of venomous snakes
residing in South Carolina, and these are not
very good reptiles to ram into to. They could
cause serious danger to life in case a fight
erupts. One of them is the Diamondback
rattlesnake which rattles its diamond-like back
loudly whenever it views a person encroaching
into its personal space. It strikes aggressively
when approached as well. It loves the eastern
regions of South Carolina.
The eastern coral snake is another deadly snake
living in South Carolina and has close
resemblance to the cobra. Loving coastal plains,
this snake mostly inhabits the sandy beaches and
pine woods of South Carolina. Its venom is said
to be life threatening and can kill an adult
human being within a short period if immediate
medical care is not sought. Finally, the pygmy
rattlesnake is one other unfriendly species with
a presence in South Carolina. It is one of the
shortest with strong constriction capabilities.
It is known to be aggressive and extremely
venomous. Read more: Snake
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