Juvenile Ratsnakes (Pantherophis)

One of the most common snakes seen in and around houses are the ratsnakes (Pantherophis species). Unfortunately, the juvenile ratsnakes are often mistaken for copperheads and/or rattlesnakes. When approached they may put on a defensive display of gaping, coiling up, and shaking their tail. This behavior can startle people unfamiliar with them. Of course, thisRead More

Genus: Nerodia

There are currently 21 recognized species & subspecies of this wide-spread, North American native snake. Often confused with Agkistrodon sp. (Cottonmouths) due to its heavy body and sometimes flattened head. Here we will define each of the 21 species.