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

Andrew Grosse - SCDNR Herpetologist

Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries
220 Santee Gun Club Rd.
McClellanville, SC 29458
Ph: (843) 527-8448
Fax: (843) 527-0255


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