Eastern Gartersnake

 Eastern Gartersnake Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis Description: The common gartersnake is a medium sized snake generally ranging between 18-28 inches. It is somewhat variable in  color but is usually some shade of yellow, brown or pale green with black stripes going the Read More

Common Watersnake

Common Watersnake Nerodia sipedon     Description:  Usually varying shades of brown with ‘saddles’ on the back that narrow as they go down the sides. They also have small bands that extend upward from the belly independent of the saddles on Read More

Dekay’s Brownsnake

Dekay’s Brownsnake Storeria dekayi Description: Habitat: It may be found in a variety of habitats including pond and stream margins, wetlands, meadows and fields, woodlands, hillsides and even overgrown yards. Life History: Range: These snakes are found statewide in Tennessee. They occur Read More

Snakebite Statistics

In Tennessee, most snakebites occur between the months of April and October when the weather warms up and more people are out of doors. The snake responsible for the most bites in Tennessee is the copperhead, a snake with a Read More

Kirtland’s Snake

Kirtland’s Snake Clonophis kirtlandii      Description: Habitat: Life History:   Range: Additional Notes: Behavior: Subspecies Occurring in Tennessee:

Avoiding snakes and Preventing snakebite

Here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a snakebite victim: Do not try to catch, handle, or kill snakes. Stay at least a body length away from a snake unless you are certain it is non-venomous. In Tennessee, all Read More

North American Racer

North American Racer Coluber constrictor   Description:   COMING SOON Habitat: Life History: Range: Statewide Additional Notes: Behavior: When confronted, this snake may assume a strike stance and rapidly vibrate its tail. This species is a very good climber and our fastest snake known Read More

Northern Red-bellied Snake

Northern Red-bellied Snake Storeria o. occipitomaculata Description: The red-bellied snake is a very small snake; total body length ranges from 20.3 cm to 40.6 cm (8-16 in) when fully grown. They are usually brown to reddish brown (although sometimes gray and Read More