The 8 Most Popular Snake Species in the US

Eastern Garter Snake

Slender bodies and bright stripes make Eastern Garter Snakes one of the most common US snakes. Their bright colouring and pest control make them popular in gardens and woodlands.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The largest North American venomous snake boasts diamond-shaped markings and a terrible rattling sound. Popularity: Highlights ecosystem importance and habitat sharer caution.

Black Rat Snake

Large constrictors with dark-colored scales, often found in wooded areas and climbing trees. Popularity: Valued for controlling rodent populations and respected for their beneficial presence.

Corn Snake

Popular among reptile enthusiasts for their vibrant colors and intricate patterns. Popularity: Favored as pets due to their docile nature and captivating appearance.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Venomous species with diamond-shaped patterns and a rattle like its Eastern relative. Popularity: Loved throughout the southern US for its ecosystem significance.

Northern Water Snake

Many water snakes are misidentified as venomous. Popularity: Seen around waterways, their poisonous similarity causes intrigue and anxiety.


Recognized by their copper-colored heads and hourglass patterns, these are venomous snakes. Popularity: Feared for their venom but respected for their role in controlling rodent populations.

Gopher Snake

Large, non-venomous constrictors with patterns resembling rattlesnakes. Popularity: Appreciated for their mimicry and role in rodent control, contributing to local ecosystems.