Venomous Snakes in Maryland

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Venomous Snakes in Maryland


Warming temperatures mean that snakes are going to be out and about. No need to be afraid, just be aware and learn how to identify them.

In Maryland, we have two venomous snake species: the copperhead and the timber rattlesnake. The copperhead is common throughout much of the state and is often confused with non-venomous snakes  

In Maryland, venomous snakes will have slit-like pupils, an extra sensory pit on either side of their head and a diamond-shaped head that is much larger than the rest of the body. Some non-venomous snakes will try to mimic venomous ones by puffing out their heads to look bigger. Young copperheads have a neon yellow tail used to attract skinks for food.

Please know that all snakes in Maryland are protected.

The best snakebite treatment is to avoid getting bitten. Some safety tips are to learn to identify, by sight, the copperhead and timber rattlesnake. Watching where you put your hands and feet when your outdoors, and in areas where there might be snakes, is also helpful. Wearing long pants when walking in tall brush and around rock piles can protect you, as well as resisting any temptation to capture or kill snakes.

Many bites occur when people attempt to kill or catch snakes. You should never pick up a snake that looks dead because the snake may not actually be dead and could bite you.

For more information on Maryland's venomous snakes, please visit:…/her…/Fieldguide_OrderSquamata.aspx 

This alert was provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.



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Copperhead photograph by Lin Phu


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Timber Rattlesnake photograph by Scott A. Smith

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. Must say, me and snakes are not friends. Had my share of experiences living in Florida. Enjoy your day 

Jun 22, 2019 04:11 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

The best decision is to consider ALL SNAKES venomous and stay clear.... those two snakes are extemely rare in MA....

Jun 22, 2019 04:58 AM #3
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

Yikes, didn't know this fact about warming temperatures in Maryland. Good advice to stay away from them!

Jun 22, 2019 05:11 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I thought they enjoyed the summer heat in Arizona, perhaps some of them got tired of the heat and migrated to your area.

Jun 22, 2019 06:41 AM #5
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Roy... I don't want to know how to identify any snakes... I just don't ever want to see them... I can't hardly look at them in pictures.

Jun 22, 2019 08:03 AM #6
Dave Rosenmarkle
Highland Realty - Arlington, VA
32 years of providing fully satisfying service!

Just had a neighbor post a copy if a picture of a copperhead that was wrapped around a couple of tools in her shed. Have really gotta be careful this time of year.

Jun 22, 2019 08:19 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Roy - yes, know what they look like, dress properly, stay away.

Jun 22, 2019 10:00 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


One the of waiters at our favorite breakfast places who lives near the forest was mentioning rattlers this morning...It must be the season for them everywhere.  A

Jun 22, 2019 11:55 AM #9
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

We contend with copperhead snakes around here. Last year we found a small one in our kitchen and thankfully my husband was able to trap it and kill it.

Jun 22, 2019 01:16 PM #10
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Your Rattlesnakes are more golden brown than our's here in California.  Other than that they look similar.

Jun 23, 2019 01:49 PM #12
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for stopping by. It is always good to hear from you.

Jun 23, 2019 02:26 PM #13
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