Venomous Snakes in North Carolina

Although the usual snakes that you will encounter in North Carolina are considered non-venomous, meeting a venomous snake in NC is also possible. You may also spot them in the warm areas of your house. Therefore, we do not advice people who lack the knowledge to deal with snake personally. We encourage them to seek the help of the snake removal experts to remain safe from any risks related with the snake. 

Venomous Snakes Found in North Carolina

Usually, the venomous snake will share the same feature. For instance, they have wide jaw since they have an organ that stores venom. They also have an arrow-shaped head and a retractable fang. They will have the heat-sensory organs in their face.


The copperhead is the most common venomous snake that you might encounter in North Carolina. They have brown blotches and a pattern like an hourglass. This animal belongs in the family of pit viper that shares the same triangular-shaped head. Their heat-sensory pit is positioned between the nostril and eyes which is essential in tracking their prey. The number of bites from the copperhead is 10 times more than the other venomous snakes in this list. Fortunately, around 50% of the bite will only lead to pain and mild swelling.


Cottonmouth is found on the eastern section of NC. When establishing their habitat, they will look for wetlands and swamps. Compared to the other snakes, the cottonmouth will not hesitate to stand their ground when provoked. The color of their body is usually dark that matches the dark band. The adult cottonmouth will grow at around 3-4ft in length. They will be hunting small amphibians, rodents, and snakes.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

This rattlesnake can be identified through their dark diamond pattern and of course, with the rattling of their tail. The diamond scale will have a border of yellow or white color. Just like the copperhead, they will also have an arrow-shaped head. They can be found in the grass land and pine wood of NC. Once the winter comes, they will hide in the burrows of other animals. They will be active once more when the temperature rises.

Pygmy Rattlesnake

The pygmy rattlesnake may be small, but their bite will be tremendously painful. They can be found in different parts of North Carolina. It may be quite difficult to hear the rattle of this snake when it is in their natural habitat since their tail is relatively small. You will have to remain aware of the surrounding especially when you are an outdoor enthusiast to avoid being a victim of this snake. 

Finally, you may also encounter a timber rattlesnake and coral snake in North Carolina. Timber rattlesnake can be found anywhere but they are more common in water and wooded areas. The coral snakes on the other hand can be found in sandy and loose soil. The coral snake is a venomous snake found in NC that doe not belong in the family of pit viper.

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