There are at least 33 known species of snakes found in the state of Kentucky. This includes four venomous species and 29 that are nonvenomous.
The four venomous snakes include the copperhead, western cottonmouth, timber rattlesnake and western pygmy rattlesnake. All belong to the subfamily Crotalinae, known as the "pit vipers," and are distinguishable by visible sensory pits on the side of their heads that detect the heat of prey.
While the bites of these snakes are quite painful, they are rarely fatal to humans and only occur when the reptiles are threatened. Some of the common nonvenomous species native to the Bluegrass State include the brown, eastern garter, milk, rat, redbelly and ringneck snakes.Learn More
African rock pythons eat mostly land-based vertebrates. Their diet includes rats and other small mammals, although adults can take down larger animals, including antelopes. Rock pythons will also eat crocodiles and fish and may kill livestock and pets in areas where their range overlaps human habitation.Full Answer >
According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, there are only six species of venomous snakes in Florida. These species are the coral snake, three species of rattlesnakes (the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the timber rattlesnake and the dusky pygmy rattler), copperheads and cottonmouths (also called water moccasins).Full Answer >
Puerto Rican boas are constrictor snakes that grow as long as 9 feet and kill by suffocating prey with their bodies. They are the biggest snakes on the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. unincorporated territory. Puerto Rican boas eat small mammals, lizards, bats and birds. The snakes, a type of rainbow boa, are on the list of endangered species as of 2014.Full Answer >
A physical feature of a cobra is the distinctive hood used for territorial purposes, mating and attacking. When the hood is not in use, it is limp and pressed closely to the snake’s body. Though it serve no practical funtion, the hood displays aggression and is useful for courting.Full Answer >