Central Florida’s Venomous Snakes

Eastern Coral Snake

Think of a stop light. The red and yellow are next to each other and a red light tells you to stop! Their venom is neurotoxic and affects the nervous system causing paralysis of the diaphragm.


Florida Cottonmouth

Also called the water moccasin, it is a venomous water snake. Their body coloration ranges from patterned to simply a dull black. You can identify this species by the black “eye line” that runs from the side of their eye back down the side of their head. Juvenile cottonmouths have a different coloration than adults do, but will still have this “eye line”.


Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

This is a very small rattlesnake averaging 15 to 22  inches long. Their rattle is so small it sounds like an insect buzzing. They are gray with colored blotches running down the back. Its bite is painful but typically not fatal. This snake is responsible for more snake  bites in Florida than any other venomous snake. Children should definitely be educated about this animal; because of its small size, a child (or event adult) may believe this to be a “harmless” snake.


Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

This is the largest venomous snake in the United States, and eastern diamondbacks are the longest rattlesnake species in the world. They average size five to six feet in length. From a coiled position, like shown in the picture, it can accurately strike half its body length!

Please note: the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens does not trap or remove any snakes. Please contact Florida Fish and Wildlife or a certified and permitted wildlife trapper if you have a concern about a nuisance snake.


Twin Snakes of white springs:


They usually do not coil; but don’t let that fool you, they will come after you with everything they have if they do not like you. I wish we could call Florida Fish and Wildlife.

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