Common Snakes of Georgia
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Common Snakes of Georgia

The southeastern United States is a land of many different ecosystems. This makes it perfect for a wide variety of different species of snakes. The state of Georgia is no different. You can find many different kinds of snakes in Georgia because you have large rural areas, swamps, forest areas among others.



Because of the diversity, there are many different species of snakes you will find in the state. Here are some of the more common ones.

Eastern Garter Snake – usually measuring around a little more than two feet, these snakes can reach as large as four feet. This snake has a very diverse diet, and will eat many different things, including frogs, slugs, rats, and worms. They are not harmful to humans at all, but will frequently be found in areas where people live. They are found most often in well populated areas, and you will find them living under logs, walls, in dumps and grassy fields.

Brown Water Snake – also called the water-pilot, this snake is most commonly found in the southeastern portion of the United States. You will find this a lot around water, such as lakes, ponds, and rivers. This can be a very large snake, reaching near six feet in length, and they are one of the heavier snakes you will find for their size. This snake is often confused with the water moccasin, but they are in no way in the same family of snakes. This is a non-venomous snake, but you should not take the risk of approaching it simply because you may mistakenly think that this is the non-venomous one when it is not.

Scarlet King Snake – this is another non-venomous snake that is often confused with a venomous one. The Scarlet King Snake looks a great deal like the coral snake, but it is not dangerous at all. This snake is often found is densely forested areas or in fields. It likes to be in more secluded areas, but they will venture into heavily populated locations if the food that is available to them is quite plentiful. This snake matures to as little as two feet in length all the way up to five feet in length. They are nocturnal animals, meaning they are most likely found at night time searching about.

Easter Ribbon Snake- This is a very slender species of snake that not only has a very slender body, but also has many stripes that are running down the length of the body. This is how it gets its name. The snake is usually a dark color, with the stripes being a much lighter color. You will find this snake along areas where there is water, primarily because they eat such animals as toads, frogs, salamanders, fish and tadpoles. Read more: Snake Control, Venomous Snakes of Florida, How to Identify Snakes, How to Kill Snakes.


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