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Common Snakes of North Carolina

While not as large as Texas or California in terms of size, North Carolina actually has a larger number of species of snakes than either one of these two. It is the fact that the environment is so much different, especially than that of Texas, making it ideal for snakes to set up residence in the state.

With such large number of species of snakes in the state, it is impossible to mention them all. However, here are some of the most common snakes you will find in North Carolina.

Rat Snakes – in North Carolina you can find both the gray and the black versions of this snake. Many like these snakes around, because they not only feed on such things as rats and mice, but will actually attack and eat copperhead snakes as well. They are quite safe to humans, so the fact that they are eating rodents and poisonous snakes makes them quite popular. That is for those who like snakes.

Racer Snakes – like the rat snakes, there is more than one colored version of this snake in the state. They can stretch to become as big as six feet in length, and many look just like the black rat snake, frequently confusing people. You will find these snakes in a wide variety of locations, including in meadows, on rocky hillsides, and in areas where it is quite bushy. They will eat a lot of different kinds of smaller reptiles and amphibians, as well as eggs and insects. They also find mice to be a tasty snack.

Corn Snakes – this snake is one of the more common one that is used as a pet by people. They come in many different colors and patterns, and the size can range from a 18 inches to as big as five feet. There is usually a diamond shaped design of some kind on the snake, and it can be tan, red, beige, brown, orange, yellow or black, or be a mixture of these. These snakes are commonly confused with copperheads, but they are not venomous at all. However, because they can be so easily confused for the poisonous kind, one should stay away from this snake unless you are absolutely sure.

Garter Snakes – these are one of the more commonly found snakes in the country, and North Carolina is no different. Garter snakes are found all over the state, enjoying a wide array of ecosystems to live in. Because they can be found virtually anywhere, their diet is quite open as well. This means that they can eat frogs, toads, lizards, mice, rats, and much more. Eggs are also a tasty dish for these animals. They come in many different colors and designs. Read more: Snake Control, Venomous Snakes of Florida, How to Identify Snakes, How to Kill Snakes.

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