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20 Colorful Types of Snakes in Delaware

There are 20 types of snakes in Delaware including Garter snakes, kingsnakes, rattlesnakes and more.

If you live in Delaware and are a lover of snakes, we’ve got just the article for you. Whether you’re unfamiliar with the laws surrounding snakes in Delaware or not, we’ve got you covered.

Venomous snakes are outlawed and illegal to own. According to Delaware’s State Agriculture Department, regulations will be put on most snake species, with some singled out for special treatment.

You must have a permit in order to possess any snake that is not native to Delaware, which will cost $25 per individual snake and must be renewed every 3 years.

Residents can get permits for “giant” snakes such as anacondas, pythons, and boa constrictors with an average length of fewer than 5 feet and in order to be allowed to breed them, you must have a zoo permit.

Now that you understand the basic laws for snakes in Delaware, you might be wondering which snakes are considered native to Delaware.

Snakes in Delaware

1. Northern Ringneck Snake

Northern Ring necked snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii)
Northern Ring necked snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii)
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Diadophis punctatus edwardsii
  • Other Names: Northern Ring-necked Snake
  • Adult Size: 10 to 15 inches
  • Lifespan: 10 to 20 years in the wild; 6 years in captivity
  • Average Price Range: $20 to $50 per snake

While you can keep these small snakes as pets, they do not usually do too well in captivity due to their timid nature and difficulties when breeding. All subspecies of the Ringneck snakes are threatened in their native habitats and should not be captured.

Ringneck Snakes are not the easiest to take care of since they have specific needs in order to stay alive. They also don’t make the best pets since they want to remain hidden at all times.

A lot of Ringnecks will be captured and taken from their habitats into the hands of overzealous first-time keepers. Usually, they will refuse to eat after a week or two in captivity.

If you are interested in trying to keep a Ringneck, please watch this video for more details:

However, they respond to handling quite well since they are not aggressive. Even though they are slightly venomous, their poison is comparable to that of a bee’s sting.

Ringnecks’ well-known defense mechanism is the curling up of their tail, which shows off their bright red underside and happens when they are feeling threatened. While they are non-aggressive, they may try to nip at you, but even that will be hard to do since they have rear-facing fangs.

They pose very little threat to humans who want to handle them but do not enjoy being seen and like to remain hidden.

Northern Ringneck Snakes have a flat, black head with smooth scales all throughout their thin body, which is usually dark gray or a dull blue-gray in color. Their undersides may be a bright or pale yellow sometimes with small speckles or spots.

They get their name from the yellow or orange band that circles their neck. There are many subspecies that might vary in color.

They are sometimes mistaken to be Prairie Ringnecks since they are similar in size as well as color. You can differentiate them by looking at their undersides since a Northern Ringsnake will have a solid pale yellow belly without any markings.

These tiny snakes don’t like to be seen or out in the open so they like to inhabit areas like moist forests or dry deciduous forests. In these habitats, you can find them feasting on earthworms, smaller snakes, salamanders, small amphibians, and beetles.

2. Eastern Worm Snake

Eastern Worm snake (Carphophis amoenus amoenus)
Eastern Worm snake (Carphophis amoenus amoenus)
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Carphophis amoenus amoenus
  • Other Names: Wormsnake
  • Adult Size: 7 to 11 inches
  • Lifespan: 4 years
  • Average Price Range:  $14 to $25 per snake

In general, worm snakes are not ideal pets because of their timidness. They like to remain hidden in their substrate, which can make it hard to keep track of their health.

These shy reptiles dislike being handled and will wiggle around in your hand. You may also feel them press against you with a bit of a strong force.

Eastern Worm Snakes are shiny, scaley, and brown with a pointy tail. The color of their body can range from a light to darker brown and may have pink or white undersides.

You can find these snakes in habitats that are damp or near woodlands such as hilly woodlands or farmlands nearby. They prefer grassy or wooded hillsides near streams of water.

During dry periods, they will burrow down underground where the soil is moist in order to get the dampness they need to survive.

These worm snakes eat exclusively earthworms, swallowing them completely alive. This makes it easy for them to fall prey to other animals that eat earthworms.

Although it is rare, they might also sometimes eat insect larvae or slugs.

3. Smooth Earth Snake

Smooth Earth Snake (Virginia valeriae) in Blackwater River State Forest Florida
Smooth Earth Snake (Virginia valeriae) in Blackwater River State Forest Florida
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Virginia valeriae
  • Other Names: Earth Snake, Smooth Earthsnake
  • Adult Size: 7 to 10 inches
  • Lifespan: Up to 10 years in the wild; Unknown, but estimated less in captivity

The Smooth Earth Snake can be compared to its brother, the Rough Earth Snake. Their differences lie in their dorsal scales or back scales.

They don’t have the best defense mechanisms against their predators, which makes them pretty friendly and safe towards humans.

However, these snakes are not really made for captivity and will usually die faster when taken out of their natural habitat.

In the wild, they enjoy forested areas with lots of foliage. You can find them in moist deciduous forests under leaf litter, logs, rocks, loose soil, and other debris.

4. Northern Brown Snake

Northern Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi dekayi)
Northern Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi dekayi)
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Storeria dekayi dekayi
  • Other Names: DeKay’s Snake, Brown Snake
  • Adult Size: 9 to 15 inches
  • Lifespan: 7 years
  • Average Price Range: Around $20 to $30 per snake

Because the Northern Brown Snake is popular prey amongst many predators, they are, understandably, always on guard. These easily stressed-out snakes will release a musk when they feel threatened.

Because of their demeanor, it will take gentle and only short periods of handling. You won’t have to worry about them biting since they are shy, docile snakes.

These keel-scaled snakes can range from a light tan to a darker brown in coloration. They may have small patterns along their bodies that are either be darker or lighter compared to the rest of them. Their chins and underside may be off-white or pale yellow and their tongues are black.

Brown snakes are the best choice for enthusiasts that want to create a naturalistic aquarium because they love live plants. Being in a natural, alive terrarium will cause them to exhibit more natural behaviors, which can also make them feel right at home.

In the wild, they come from grasslands, forests, wetlands and it is not uncommon to encounter one in residential areas.

5. Red-Bellied Snake

Red belly snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)
Red belly snake (Storeria occipitomaculata)
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Storeria occipitomaculata
  • Other Names: Redbelly snake, Red-belly Snake, Red bellied Snake, Copperbelly Snake
  • Adult Size: 8 to 16 inches
  • Lifespan: 4 years in captivity; Wild lifespan unknown but predicted to be longer than in captivity

These small snakes can be found in swarms basking in the sun on the warm days of September to October. You can also find them in woodlands, fields, under logs, in forests, bike trails, back roads, and sphagnum bogs.

In these areas, they feed on earthworms, beetle larvae, and slugs.

People can sometimes find them out in their pesticide-free garden or just out in the wild and might want to keep them as a pet. However, they really struggle to eat when in captivity and will sometimes just outright refuse when they are removed from the wild.

They do not do well in captivity and prefer to be free to roam the lands as they please. Although they aren’t hard to obtain in the wild, they might not be the best pet to keep if you are planning to have it for long since they do not do well away from their natural habitat.

It’s not hard to identify these snakes since they really do live up to their name with their flashy red or orange undersides. Their bodies might be a dark steel grey, black with a blue tint, or copper brown. Some may also have two dark stripes along their sides or a thick, light-colored band down the middle of their backs.

While they will usually first curl their tails or flee in defense before they try to bite, their little nibble probably won’t affect you anyway.

While they are small and beautiful, this does not mean they will make a good pet since they do not usually survive long in captivity.

6. Northern Water Snake

Northern Water Snake
Northern Water Snake
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Nerodia sipedon sipedon
  • Other Names: Watersnake, Northern Watersnake
  • Adult Size: 24 to 55 inches
  • Lifespan: 9 years
  • Average Price Range: $20 to $80 per snake

Northern Water Snakes are popular pets since they do not require much effort and are relatively safe, even around children.

They are usually dark in color, ranging from brown, tan, to grey. They also have square blotches on their backs and sides that may alternate or become bands throughout their length.

Water Snakes typically live in or near aquatic habitats which is why they are called water snakes. They like to bask on rocks by still or slow-moving water such as seasonal pools, lakes, and ponds.

They like to eat fish and amphibians, swallowing them whole and alive. They eat all kinds of fish species such as smallmouth bass, minnows, bullhead catfish, hogsuckers, sunfish, and brook trout.

7. Common Watersnake

Common water snake
Common water snake (Nerodia sipedon sipedon)
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Nerodia sipedon
  • Other Names: Watersnake, Water snake, Common Water snake
  • Adult Size: 24 to 55 inches
  • Lifespan: About 10 years in captivity (wild lifespan unknown)
  • Average Price Range: around $20 per snake

Water snakes are popular pet choices due to their small size, docile behavior, and infrequent feeding schedule. They do not require much effort to keep, are non-venomous, and are usually relatively safe to keep.

We recommend you buy from a buyer that sells them captive-bred since that means that they are already tamed and socialized. This means they may already be accustomed to being handled, making it easier for keepers.

These snakes usually come in darker shades of brown, gray, or tan. On their backs, you may find a bunch of blotches that might alternate and form bands throughout their length. These markings may fade with age.

Common Watersnakes have keeled scales on their undersides that look like white and red half-moons with a divided anal plate and gray speckles.

Their body size can range anywhere from medium to a larger, heftier girth.

These snakes are called Watersnakes because they enjoy residing in places near bodies of water. They prefer clean rivers but can also be found in almost any type of aquatic environments like ponds, streams, and swamps.

They can be found in any warm, shallow water that has easy access to basking spots on logs, piers, and rocky ridges.

Common Watersnakes enjoy feeding on slow-moving fish, various amphibians, and crayfish.

While these guys are non-venomous, some people will mistake them for the venomous Water Moccasin or Cottonmouth because they are similar in appearance. This misunderstanding causes these species to be wrongfully killed more often than they should be.

However, Cottonmouths are not native to Delaware so you are not likely to encounter them anyways.

8. Plain-bellied Water Snake

Plain Bellied Water Snake (Nerodia_erythrogaster)
Plain Bellied Water Snake (Nerodia_erythrogaster)
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Nerodia erythrogaster
  • Other Names: Plain-bellied Water Snake, Plainbelly Water Snake
  • Adult Size: 30 to 48 inches
  • Lifespan: Up to 10 years in captivity; wild lifespan unknown
  • Average Price Range: $20 to $80 per snake

The Plain-Bellied water snake is large, hefty, and solid in color. They will usually be green-gray, solid gray, brown, olive green, or just black in color. They can be distinguished from other water snakes by checking for their unmarked, or plain, underside which might be pale yellow or red.

They like to live in forest edges, ponds, lakes, streams, and bays where they eat fish, crayfish, tadpoles, amphibians, and salamanders.

9. Queensnake

Queensnake (Regina septemvittata)
Queensnake (Regina septemvittata)
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Regina septemvittata
  • Other Names: Queen Snake
  • Adult Size: up to 24 inches
  • Lifespan: over 19 years in captivity; wild lifespan unknown
  • Average Price Range: around $30 per snake

While these snakes are friendly, docile, and take well to handling, they are listed as an endangered species and protected under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Queensnake is similar in appearance to the Garter Snake, which causes much confusion when identifying them. They are slender with dark olive or brown bodies with cream or pale yellow stripes along each side of their bodies.

They can be spotted in mountainous regions and sometimes along river drainages. They like to make homes near streams where they hide under rocks and find opportunities to bask in the sun when they can.

They mainly feed on soft, just-molted crayfish without hard exoskeletons.

10. Rough Green Snake

Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Opheodrys aestivus
  • Other Names: Green Snake, Grass Snake
  • Adult Size: 2 to 3 feet
  • Lifespan: 8 years in captivity; wild lifespan unknown
  • Average Price Range: $10 to $30 per snake

Rough Green Snakes remain healthy in population and can make great diurnal pets for someone who is more of an observer. They don’t really like being handled and prefer sitting in their enclosure.

They are docile beings and will rarely ever try to bite, if at all.

These green snakes look very similar to their cousins, the Smooth Green Snake, with totally lime green bodies and cream-colored undersides. However, if you want to know the differences between these two, it lies in their scales.

Smooth Green Snakes do, indeed, look smoother due to their flat, shiny scales whereas Rough Green Snakes have more raised scales with keels on the scales covering their dorsal and sides. They will also have larger eyes than their “smooth” counterparts.

These green snakes love to live among the vines, shrubbery, and leaves of trees. They like thick vegetation, lush streamside forests, moist woods, and the gardens in our very backyards.

They usually live off insects like crickets and grasshoppers, but will also consume spiders, small frogs, and snails. They hunt using their large eyes and excellent vision.

11. Eastern Garter Snake 

Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis Cyrtopsis ocellatus)
Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis Cyrtopsis ocellatus)
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
  • Other Names: Garter Snake
  • Adult Size: 18 to 26 inches long
  • Lifespan: 10 years
  • Average Price Range: $20 to $300 per snake (depending on size)

Eastern Garter Snakes are relatively small and remain active during the day. They like to soak often, especially around their shedding period so they should always have a soaking bowl readily available in their tank.

Garter snakes are docile and will not grow to be too large, making them a very beginner-friendly reptile. If threatened, they will release a musk in order to ward off predators.

These snakes can range from dark olive-green to brown or black with a distinctive yellow or off-white stripe running throughout the length of their body.

Subspecies of Garter Snakes all look very similar so the only way to identify an Eastern is by checking their stripes. Looking at their scale patterns and counting the number of scales on their upper lip can also help you identify the type of Garter Snake as well.

In the wild, they can be found in many places like marshes, woodlands, meadows, or hillsides.

These snakes feed on leeches, slugs, worms, small fish, amphibians, and even other snakes. They are also immune to toxic frogs that secrete toxins from their skin in order to drive away prey.

12. Ribbon Snake

Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus)
Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus)
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Thamnophis sauritus
  • Other Names: Ribbon Snake
  • Adult Size: 16 to 35 inches
  • Lifespan: 10+ years in captivity; wild lifespan unknown
  • Average Price Range: $20 to $50 per snake

Ribbonsnakes are the most common species of Garter Snakes there are. These shy, non-poisonous snakes make popular pets due to their many morph options and the fact that they are not dangerous to keep.

Eastern Ribbonsnakes are the best tempered out of all the subspecies of Ribbonsnakes and can make good pets for novice snake keepers when bought from a reputable pet store where they are captive-bred, of course.

Ribbonsnakes are usually tan or dark brown with prominent light-colored stripes throughout their length which is usually a bright or pale yellow.

Eastern Ribbonsnakes are semi-aquatic creatures and can be found mostly near a water source like the shorelines of rivers or lakes. They will sometimes inhabit water edges near forests or wetlands.

They are carnivorous and feed on small fish, insects, and tadpoles.

13. Corn Snake

Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Pantherophis guttatus
  • Other Names: Red Rat Snake, Cornsnake
  • Adult Size: 2 to 6 feet
  • Lifespan: 6 to 8 years in the wild; up to 25 years in captivity
  • Average Price Range: $60 to $200 per snake

Corn Snakes are a type of rat snake, and will sometimes be referred to as red rat snakes. These tiny constrictors can make great first-time snakes since they stay a good size, are docile, non-venomous, and are relatively easy to care for.

Often mistaken for the Copperhead, these snakes have a tan or orange body with red-brown blotches throughout their backs length. Their undersides are cream or white with black spots placed in a way that resembles a checkerboard.

They also have slender heads which are similar to the width of their body.

Corn snakes can be found in forest openings, overgrown fields, and abandoned buildings. They eat whatever small rodents they can find and will also consume amphibians, birds, other snakes, and lizards.

They are constrictors, meaning they strangle their prey, suffocating them before swallowing them whole.

14. Black Rat Snake

Black rat snake (Pantherophis obsoletus)
Black rat snake (Pantherophis obsoletus)
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Pantherophis obsoletus
  • Other Names: Western Rat Snake, Black Ratsnake, Pilot Black Snake, Black Snake
  • Adult Size: 3 to 6 feet
  • Lifespan: 6 to 8 years
  • Average Price Range: $50 to $100 per snake

Black Rat Snakes are large snakes, growing up to 6 feet long. They are also the most popular type of Rat Snake to keep in America due to their docile nature, hefty size, and ability to help with rodent control.

As their name suggests, they are primarily black in color and may have faint white bands in between their scales. They usually have a white underside starting from their chins downward.

Hobbyists love these interesting creatures for their ability to help with pest control. They are called Rat Snakes, meaning they can be useful in helping you get rid of an overpopulation of rodents in your home, if needed.

This is why they are beneficial and sometimes kept by farmers.

They can be found in mountainous regions, rocky hillsides, or flat farmlands. They survive at various elevations and are actually proficient climbers, making homes in tree cavities that used to be the homes of other animals.

They consume rodents, amphibians, lizards, and also bird eggs.

15. Black Racer

Northern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor)
Northern Black Racer (Coluber constrictor constrictor)
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Coluber constrictor constrictor
  • Other Names: Northern Black Racer
  • Adult Size: 33 to 65 inches
  • Lifespan: 10 years
  • Average Price Range: about $40 per snake

Although Northern Black Racers are non-venomous, they are sometimes a little bit aggressive when defensive. As long as you don’t startle or corner it, it will not deliberately try to attack you.

Black racers do not usually feel threatened by humans but you should still not give it a reason to use self-defense. A bite can still be painful and susceptible to infection regardless of whether or not there is venom.

When threatened, they will raise their head.

As far as these snakes go as pets, they are not particularly docile and will only rarely become accustomed to being handled. Black racers also like to travel a lot over long distances, making them unsuitable for a tank or terrarium habitat.

Northern Black Racers have large, long, slender, solid black, round bodies with a white chin and a faded blue underside. They have smooth, matte-looking scales and a head that is almost the same width as their body.

Some black racers may be blue-gray, brown, dark grey, or rust-colored with blotches on their back as well.

You can find these snakes in habitats that are brushy such as grasslands, old fields, rock ledges, ridges, and agricultural fields.

They prey on toads, frogs, small birds, rodents, and smaller snakes. They may also sometimes feed on insects and invertebrates like moth larvae or butterflies.

16. Kingsnake

Common kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula getula)
Common kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula getula) – courtesy of John P Clare
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Lampropeltis getula getula
  • Other Names: Eastern Kingsnake, Common Kingsnake, Chain Kingsnake
  • Adult Size: 60 inches
  • Lifespan: 25 years in captivity; 5.5 years in the wild
  • Average Price Range: $50 to $200 per snake

Kingsnakes come in many different patterns, varying from black to dark browns, with pale yellow or white spots, rings, bars, bands, or stripes. They have smooth scales to show off their vibrant colorations and chain-link pattern.

They can inhabit various types of habitats but are mostly spotted in grasslands, forests, rocky fields, and deserts. They might also be found near swamps or riverbanks now and again.

Kingsnakes mainly feed on rodents, lizards, birds, and their eggs. In wetter climates, they might consume amphibians and turtle eggs as well.

17. Eastern Milk Snake 

Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)
Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum
  • Other Names: Milk Snake
  • Adult Size: About 4 feet
  • Lifespan: 22 years
  • Average Price Range: $50 to $300 per snake

Eastern Milk Snakes are a species of Kingsnake that are non-venomous, friendly, docile, and beautiful to look at.

Eastern Milksnakes are tan or brown with black-brown bands and blotches that loop around the length of their body. Their skin can sometimes be a pale yellow with almost a red striped pattern, similar to the Western Milk Snake and the venomous Coral snake, depending on the Milk Snake.

They can be found in meadows, pastures, under any artificial cover, by the edges of watercourses, by mountain cliffs, and woodlands. These carnivorous snakes feed on lizards, reptile eggs, birds and their eggs, mice, and sometimes insects.

18. Scarlet Snake

Scarlet Snake (Cemophora coccinea)
Scarlet Snake (Cemophora coccinea)
  • Experience Level: Intermediate to Expert
  • Family: Colubridae
  • Scientific Name: Cemophora coccinea
  • Adult Size: 14 to 26 inches
  • Lifespan: 20 to 30 years in captivity; wild lifespan unknown
  • Average Price Range: $50 to $250 per snake

Scarlet Kingsnakes are shy, nocturnal snakes that come from hot climates that still show cannibalistic behaviors regardless of their smaller size.

They look very similar to the common Kingsnake or Milksnake with their red faces and alternating red, black, and pale yellow blotches. These blotches are outlined with black markings, which is a good way to identify that it is a Scarlet Kingsnake as well.

These snakes occur more often in the Southeast regions of Delaware. They can be found in their burrows in their preferred habitats which include forests with dry, sandy soils, pine forests, and sandhill scrubs.

They mainly feed on skinks as well as other lizards, but will also engage in cannibalism, consuming other snakes by constriction. Larger Scarlets may also consume small amphibians and invertebrates.

19. Timber Rattlesnake

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) resting on rock
Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) resting on rock
  • Experience Level: Expert
  • Family: Viperidae
  • Scientific Name: Crotalus horridus
  • Other Names: Canebrake Rattlesnake, Banded Rattlesnake
  • Adult Size: 6 feet
  • Lifespan: Anywhere from 10 to 30 years in the wild; 30+ years in captivity

Rattlesnake bites are no joke and should be treated as a medical emergency. They are venomous, which can mean a bite from them will be very dangerous, and in some cases, even fatal if left untreated.

These vipers are usually gray or yellow-brown in color with dark brown blotches all or bands throughout their body and a brown, yellow, or copper stripe running down the length of their back.

They can generally be found in bluffs, croplands, rugged deciduous forest terrains, rocky ledges, and dense woodlands with closed canopies. They like to move around during different seasons and females will move to rocky terrains when they are pregnant for higher temperatures.

Timber Rattlesnakes feed mainly on smaller mammals but will also eat the occasional bird if they feel like it.

20. Copperhead

Copperhead Snake (Agkistrodon contortrix)
Copperhead Snake (Agkistrodon contortrix)
  • Experience Level: Expert
  • Family: Viperidae
  • Scientific Name: Agkistrodon contortrix
  • Other Names: Eastern Copperhead, Copperhead Snake
  • Adult Size: average 2 to 3 feet; up to 4 feet
  • Lifespan: 18 years
  • Average Price Range: $100 to $150 per viper

Delaware is home to one of the five native subspecies of Copperhead.

They aren’t aggressive towards humans unless provoked and can actually make great pets for those who know what they’re doing and can handle their needs.

Due to the laws in Delaware and the fact that they’re venomous, it is not legal to keep a Copperhead and it is best to leave them be in the wild or go visit them at a breeding facility or zoo.

These large snakes are tan in color with copper or rusty-looking, chestnut, blotches all throughout their bodies which look like spilled coffee spots. These pit vipers have a distinctively triangular-shaped head.

They can be found in a variety of environments anywhere from semiaquatic to terrestrial. This includes wetlands, hillside forests, rocky areas, and abandoned construction sites in the suburbs where they can find rotting wood or piles of sawdust.

These snakes are carnivorous, eating mostly small rodents like mice. They also consume other smaller snakes, lizards, insects, amphibians, and birds.

They do their hunting by ambushing their prey, injecting them with venom, then swallowing it whole.


These are all the snakes that you can find in and around Delaware as well as all you need to know about the laws of keeping, breeding, and selling both venomous as well as non-venomous snakes.

We hope that this article was helpful and that you found all the information that you needed.

If you are thinking of getting a pet, you should use this list to help you consider what type of snake might be suitable for your experience level.

Leave us a comment below if we missed anything or tell us about your experiences with snakes in Delaware!

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