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Guide to Snakes of the Northeast U.S.
Select Captive-bred Reptiles • Conservation through Education

"HELP! I found a snake in my yard and I don't know what it is?
It's brown and green with stripes. Can you tell me what it is?"

Below is a list of resources for people who want to learn more about identifying snakes in their area.  

ADVICE:  If you find a snake, leave it alone! Do not disturb it! Snakes do not typically bother humans unless they feel threatened by you. Plus, for many snake species...this is the northern-most area of their distribution & habitat. Snake populations within the Northeast are generally smaller than populations in the Southeast (where climate is warmer). Therefore, some snakes are endangered or protected in the Northeastern states. 

DISCLAIMER: The name of my website was simply chosen based on where I live (which is the Northeast region of the U.S.). My website is not designed to provide snake identification. I will not attempt to identify snakes based on photos or descriptions e-mailed to me.  Please do not ask.

As defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Northeast region of the United States covers nine states*: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

* Delaware, Maryland, and Northern Virginia are sometimes referred to as part of the Northeast. However, to keep things simple, I have excluded them (my apologies  to the residents of those states!).

If you have better, more up-to-date resources than what's listed below, please send me the link. 
Sincerely, Jason
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Timber Rattlesnake Resource

Field Guide for Snakes of NJ (pdf)

Field Guide for Snakes of NY

Field Guide for Snakes of MA

Field Guide for Snakes of CT (pdf)

Field Guide for Snakes of PA (link)

Field Guide for Snakes of RI

Field Guide for Snakes of NH (link)

Field Guide for Snakes of VT (link)

Field Guide for Snakes of Maine (link)