Florida is home to 46 species of native snakes, only 6 of which are venomous. Venomous snakebites are rare and can often be avoided; however, responding correctly to venomous snakebites is important. Learn more...
Snakes play important roles in our natural ecosystems and should be respected rather than feared. Snakes are important predators that help control rodent populations that can spread disease to humans. They are also important prey for birds, mammals, alligators, and even other snakes. Some non-venomous snakes, such as the Eastern Indigo Snake and Common Kingsnake, even eat venomous snakes!
Florida has also been invaded by four species of non-native snakes, three of which have established breeding populations. These snakes are native to tropical and sub-tropical habitats and are able to survive in Florida's hospitable climate. One introduced species, the Burmese Python, is probably having negative impacts on our native wildlife in the Everglades.
To find out more about the snakes found in your area, get the new "Identification Guide to the Snakes of Florida" or click your county or region on the map below.
Florida is also home to two groups of legless lizards that are often mistaken for snakes