If you’re someone that’s highly afraid of snakes, Massachusetts is one of the best states for you to live in because the Bay State is home to a very small number of snakes, none of which are particularly aggressive. In total, there are 14 different types of snakes that live in Massachusetts, only two of which are venomous. The 14 snakes that can be found in Massachusetts are:
- Common garter snake
- DeKay’s brown snake
- Eastern milk snake
- Northern redbelly snake
- Ring-necked snake
- Black rat snake
- Northern water snake
- Eastern ribbon snake
- Black racer snake
- Eastern hognose snake
- Smooth green snake
- Eastern worm snake
- Timber rattlesnake (venomous)
- Northern copperhead snake (venomous)
Below, we’ll go into detail on some of the snakes that are most commonly found in Massachusetts!
There are two types of garter snakes in Massachusetts: the eastern ribbon snake and the common garter snake. The common garter snake is the most common snake in all of New England. These snakes are black or brown with yellow stripes that run down the entire length of their bodies. Garter snakes can be spotted in almost every habitat in Massachusetts: around ponds & streams, in the forest, in fields, and in residential areas. Garter snakes are not venomous and are not harmful to humans.
There are two types of brown snakes in Massachusetts: DeKay’s brown snake and the northern redbelly snake. These snakes typically only grow up to about a foot in length and can be identified by their brown bodies with a light brown vertical stripe that runs down their back. Brown snakes are harmless to humans, and their diet primarily consists of earthworms, snails, slugs, salamanders, and beetles.
Eastern Milk Snake
Eastern milk snakes are non-venomous snakes that have a typical length of 24 to 36 inches. These snakes have slender bodies with a gray-colored base covered in red or reddish-brown blotches. These snakes are most commonly found in wooded areas, but they are also sometimes spotted in fields and on farmland.
The timber rattlesnake is one of two venomous snakes found in Massachusetts. These snakes hibernate, so they are only active during the late spring, summer, and fall. Timber rattlesnakes are one of the largest snake species in Massachusetts, growing up to five feet long. These snakes are incredibly rare to see, so although they are venomous and can be harmful to humans, you’re extremely unlikely to ever come across one.
The northern copperhead is the only other venomous snake in Massachusetts. These snakes have wide bodies with distinctive hourglass patterns and can be up to 5 feet long. Northern copperheads have red-colored heads, making them easier to identify than many other snake species. Similar to timber rattlesnakes, northern copperheads are relatively rare to see but can be extremely dangerous if you do come into contact with one.
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