8 of the Venomous Snakes in the United States

By Manish Choudhary

1. Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

It's the biggest venomous snake in the US, with diamond-shaped marks on its back and a rattling tail. 

2. Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

This one's found in the southwest US. It also has diamond-shaped markings and rattles its tail when threatened. 

3. Copperhead

You can find these snakes in the eastern and central US. They have copper-colored heads and hourglass-shaped marks on their bodies. 

4. Eastern Coral Snake

Found mainly in the southeast US, it has colorful red, yellow, and black bands. 

5. Western Coral Snake

Similar to the eastern one, but lives in the southwest US and northern Mexico. 

6. Cottonmouth/Water Moccasin

Lives in the southeast US, especially near water. It's called 'cottonmouth' because of its white mouth lining. 

7. Timber Rattlesnake

Lives in the eastern US, mostly in forests. It has a loud rattle and can look different in color. 

8. Massasauga

A small rattlesnake found in the central US and parts of Canada, known for its segmented rattler at the end of its tail.