University of Massachusetts Amherst

Snake of Massachusetts

Poisonous Cross-banded or Blotched Snakes

Is the Snake…

  • Pinkish to orange-brown with dark saddle or dumbbell shaped crossbands that are narrow on the back and wider on the sides, and an unpatterned, copper to rust-red head; typically found on forested hillsides; rare (24-36", up to 53")? (If Yes, click here)
  • Thick-bodied and gray, yellow or dark brown with dark V-shaped markings across the back and a distinct rattle on the end of the tail; cross-banded pattern may be faint or absent; typically found on forested hillsides; rare (36-60", up to 74")? (If Yes, click here)

 

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