Snakes of Tennessee

List of Scientific names

Order:  SQUAMATA - SNAKES AND LIZARDS

      Suborder:  SERPENTES - SNAKES

Family:  COLUBRIDAE - Colubrid Snakes (sensu lato; new classification below)

    ___ Eastern Wormsnake (Carphophis amoenus)

           ___ Eastern Wormsnake (Carphophis amoenus amoenus)

           ___ Midwestern Wormsnake (Carphophis amoenus helenae)

    ___ Scarletsnake (Cemophora coccinea)

           ___ Northern Scarletsnake (Cemophora coccinea copei)

     ___ Kirtland's Snake (Clonophis kirtlandii)

     ___ North American Racer (Coluber constrictor)

           ___ Northern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor)

           ___ Southern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor priapus)

    ___ Ring-necked Snake (Diadophis punctatus)

           ___ Northern Ring-necked Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii)

           ___ Mississippi Ring-necked Snake (Diadophis punctatus stictogenys)

    ___ Red-bellied Mudsnake (Farancia abacura)  

           ___ Western Mudsnake (Farancia abacura reinwardtii)

    ___ Eastern Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon platirhinos)

    ___ Yellow-bellied Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster)

           ___ Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster)

           ___ Mole Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata)

     ___ Scarlet Kingsnake (Lampropeltis elapsoides)

    ___ Eastern Black Kingsnake (Lampropeltis nigra)

    ___ Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum)

           ___ Red Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum syspila)

           ___ Eastern Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)

    ___ Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum)

           ___ Eastern Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum flagellum)

    ___ Mississippi Green Watersnake (Nerodia cyclopion)

    ___ Plain-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster)

           ___ Yellow-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster flavigaster)

           ___ Copper-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster neglecta)

    ___ Southern Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata)

           ___ Broad-banded Watersnake (Nerodia fasciata confluens)

    ___ Diamond-backed Watersnake (Nerodia rhombifer)

           ___ Northern Diamond-backed Watersnake (Nerodia rhombifer rhombifer)

    ___ Common Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon)

           ___ Midland Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon pleuralis)

           ___ Northern Watersnake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon)

    ___ Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus)

           ___ Northern Rough Greensnake (Opheodrys aestivus aestivus)

    ___ Red Cornsnake (Pantherophis {formerly Elaphe} guttata)

    ___ Gray Ratsnake (Pantherophis {formerly Elaphe} spiloides)

    ___ Pinesnake (Pituophis melanoleucus)

           ___ Northern Pinesnake (Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus)

    ___ Queen Snake (Regina septemvittata)

    ___ DeKay’s Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi)

           ___ Northern Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi dekayi)

           ___ Midland Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi wrightorum)

    ___ Red-bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)

           ___ Florida Red-bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata obscura)

           ___ Northern Red-bellied Snake (Storeria occipitomaculata occipitomaculata)

    ___ Southeastern Crowned Snake (Tantilla coronata)

    ___ Western Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis proximus)

           ___ Orange-striped Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis proximus proximus)

    ___ Eastern Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus)

           ___ Common Ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus)

    ___ Common Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

           ___ Eastern Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis)

    ___ Rough Earthsnake (Virginia striatula)

    ___ Smooth Earthsnake (Virginia valeriae)

           ___ Western Smooth Earthsnake (Virginia valeriae elegans)

           ___ Eastern Smooth Earthsnake (Virginia valeriae valeriae)    

     

Family Viperidae (Vipers)

                Subfamily Crotalinae (Pit Vipers)

    ___ Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix)

           ___ Southern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix)

           ___ Northern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen)

    ___ Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)

           ___ Western Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus leucostoma)

    ___ Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

    ___ Pygmy Rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius)

 

 

*Note- There are only 34 species of snakes in Tennessee, but many may have subspecies. For example, Virginia valeriae elegans and Virginia valeriae valeriae.  Virginia = Genus, valeriae = species in both and subspecies in second, elegans = subspecies in first.

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