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[help Needed, Long Post] Snakes Of Pennsylvania

Discussion in 'Snakes - General' started by ferasaeva, Apr 18, 2015.

  1. ferasaeva

    ferasaeva Well-Known Member

    Hi! I am a bit of a younger member, and I've just been starting to try and familiarize myself with the snakes in my area. I've typed up a list of snakes in PA and was wondering if someone would be willing to look over it for me. Also, if anyone new any good places to go herping in PA (though I've heard there aren't many :confused:).



    Class: Reptilia

    Order: Squamata

    Suborder: Serpentes


    • Leptotyphlopidae (slender, blind snakes)

    • Boidae (boas and pythons)

    • Colubridae (colubrids)
    1. Carphophis Amoenus (Worm Snake)

    2. Clonophis Kirtlandii (Kirtland’s Snake)

    3. Coluber Constrictor (Racer)

    4. Diadophis Punctatus (Ringneck Snake)

    5. Heterodon Platirhinos (Eastern Hognose Snake)

    6. Lampropeltis Triangulum (Milk Snake)

    7. Nerodia Sipedon (Northern Water Snake)

    8. Opheodrys Aestivus (Rough Green Snake)

    9. Opheodrys Vernalis (Smooth Green Snake)

    10. Pantherophis Alleghaniensis (Eastern Rat Snake)

    11. Regina Septemvittata (Queen Snake)

    12. Storeria Dekayi (Brown Snake)

    13. Storeria Occipitomaculata (Redbelly Snake)

    14. Thamnophis Brachystoma (Shorthead Garter Snake)

    15. Thamnophis Proximus (Western Ribbon Snake)

    16. Thamnophis Sauritus (Eastern Ribbon Snake)

    17. Thamnophis Sirtalis (Common Garter Snake)

    18. Virginia Striatula (Rough Earth Snake)

    19. Virginia Valeriae (Smooth Earth Snake)

    • Elapidae (cobras and coral snakes [all venomous])
    • Viperidae (vipers [all venomous])
    1. Agkistrodon Contortrix (Copperhead)

    2. Crotalus Horridus (Timber Rattlesnake)

    3. Sistrurus Catenatus (Massasauga)
  2. Qwerty3159

    Qwerty3159 Elite Member

    The list looks good but one nitpick is that the second part of the scientific name is not to be capitalized.

    Thamnophis sirtalis instead of Thamnophis Sirtalis. :)
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  3. ferasaeva

    ferasaeva Well-Known Member

    Thank you :):D
  4. mshrmheadcharge

    mshrmheadcharge Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

    I believe you have pine snakes out your way, too
  5. TamJam

    TamJam Elite Member

    Good luck with your herping! You sure have a lot of snakes to look for. Can you post a picture of the Queen Snake? I have never seen one nor remember hearing of it.
  6. ferasaeva

    ferasaeva Well-Known Member

    Thank you! I'll be sure to add it!
  7. ferasaeva

    ferasaeva Well-Known Member

    Thank you! And sure! I will as soon as I put my snake away. He doesn't really wanna let me type right now :p
  8. ferasaeva

    ferasaeva Well-Known Member

    Here you go! I also made a reply to you a little earlier but forgot to quote you. Oops! It's right above :).

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  9. ExoJoe

    ExoJoe Established Member

    The northeast area of PA definitely has some good spots for herping. I've seen all sorts of snakes around there. Half of the time I wasn't even looking for them. I've gone as far as getting my rattle snake permit before (it's catch and release where you find them). I didn't find any vipers on my trip but found some other cool specimens.
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  10. ferasaeva

    ferasaeva Well-Known Member

    May I ask what you take with you when you go herping?
    I'm putting together a little pack to take with me each time I go :)
  11. ExoJoe

    ExoJoe Established Member

    It's been a while since I've had the time to get out. Nothing too special. I've used several types of homemade snake hooks. Preferably something sturdy to move rocks and such. Other than that I never took anything too special just what you might take on a hiking trip - good footwear, first aid kit, etc.
  12. ferasaeva

    ferasaeva Well-Known Member

    Thank you ! :)
  13. caters

    caters Member

    And in the first aid kit you might want to have antivenom just in case you get bit by a venomous snake.

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