Snake Species [A List with Pictures]

By Snaketracks / September 3, 2019
Snake Species

Listed below are the known snake species from across the globe broken down by scientific and common names.

Above the list are the snake species we have covered and created care sheets for to help you in caring for your snake.

If you notice we are missing a species or would like to contribute information to this list please let us know.

Snake Species Care Sheets

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Lampropeltis getula nigrita
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 3.5 – 4.3 feet (1.06 m – 1.32 m)
  • Lifespan: 15 – 33 years
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Boidae
  • Scientific Name: Gongylophis colubrinus (Eryx colubrinus)
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 2 – 3 feet (60 cm – 91 cm)
  • Lifespan: 15 – 20 years
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Pantherophis guttatus
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 2 – 6 feet (0.6 m – 1.8 m)
  • Lifespan: 23 years

Garter Snake (Ribbon Snake)

North American common Garter Snake

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Thamnophis sp.
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, colubrid
  • Average Adult Size: 2-3 feet (0.61 – 0.91 m)
  • Lifespan: 5-10 years

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Pythonidae
  • Scientific Name: Python regius
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 3-4 feet (0.91-1.22 m)
  • Lifespan: 20-30 years

Jungle Carpet Python

Jungle Carpet Python
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Pythonidae
  • Scientific Name: Morelia spilota cheynei
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, python
  • Average Adult Size: 5–7 feet (1.5-2.1 m)
  • Lifespan: 15 – 20 years

Sunbeam Snake

Sunbeam Snake
  • Experience Level: Advanced
  • Family: Xenopeltidae
  • Scientific Name: Xenopeltis unicolor
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 3 feet 3 inches – 4 feet 3 inches (1 m – 1.3 m)
  • Lifespan: 9 years – 12 years

Colombian Rainbow (Brown Rainbow Boa)

Columbian Rainbow Boas

  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Boidae
  • Scientific Name: Epicrates maurus
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 3 – 5 feet (0.9 m – 1.5 m)
  • Lifespan: 15 – 24 years

Green Tree Python

Green tree python close up
Green Tree Python

  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Pythonidae
  • Scientific Name: Morelia viridis
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 4.9 to 6 feet (1.50 to 1.80 m)
  • Lifespan: 20.6 years

Rosy Boa

San Ignacio Rosy Boa
San Ignacio Rosy Boa

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Boidae
  • Scientific Name: Charina trivirgata / Lichanura trivirgata
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 1.4 to 3.6 feet (0.44 to 1.12 m)
  • Lifespan: 15 – 30 years

Western Hognose Snake

Hognose snake curled up
Hognose Snake

  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Heterodon nasicus
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 1.4 to 3.6 feet (0.38 to 0.51 m)
  • Lifespan: 15 – 20 years
  • Experience Level: Expert
  • Family: Pythonidae
  • Scientific Name: Python reticulatus / Malayopython reticulatus
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 5.25 to 29.53 feet (1.6 to 9.0 m)
  • Lifespan: 18 to 27 years
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Pituophis catenifer sayi
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 1 40 to 72 in (1.22 to 1.83 m)
  • Lifespan: 20 to 25 years
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Pituophis catenifer sayi
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 1 40 to 72 in (1.22 to 1.83 m)
  • Lifespan: 20 to 25 years
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Pituophis catenifer sayi
  • Risk Factor: Nonvenomous, constrictor
  • Average Adult Size: 1 40 to 72 in (1.22 to 1.83 m)
  • Lifespan: 20 to 25 years

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