Common Snakes in South Carolina

SnakeThere are 38 snake species in South Carolina, only six of which are venomous. Many snakes provide an important service keeping rodent and other pest populations under control. Some of our most commonly seen snakes are:

The venomous species tend to be secretive and are less frequently encountered. All snakes are nonaggressive when left alone.

University of Georgia, SREL

Additional resources for snakes

Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy

Will Dillman - SCDNR Herpetologist

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
PO Box 23205
Columbia, SC 29224
Phone: 803-734-3886
Fax: 803-734-6020


Some files above are provided in Adobe® Acrobat® (PDF) format. Adobe® Reader® is required to open these files and is available as a free download from the Adobe® Web site.
Get Adobe Reader