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Guide to Snakes of the Northeast U.S.
NortheastSnakes.com
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
RESOURCES:
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Timber Rattlesnake Resource
(link)
http://www.newenglandreptile.com/timber.html

Field Guide for Snakes of NJ (pdf)
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ensp/pdf/snakes.pdf

Field Guide for Snakes of NY
(pdf)
http://wildlifecontrol.info/ccewdmp/Publications/Snakes_factsheet.pdf

Field Guide for Snakes of MA
(pdf)
http://www.umass.edu/nrec/pdf_files/ma_snake_guide.pdf

Field Guide for Snakes of CT (pdf)
http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/wildlife/pdf_files/nongame/snkwebview.pdf

Field Guide for Snakes of PA (link)
http://www.fish.state.pa.us/water/amprep/native.htm

Field Guide for Snakes of RI
(pdf)
http://www.dem.ri.gov/programs/bnatres/fishwild/pdf/risnakes.pdf

Field Guide for Snakes of NH (link)
http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Wildlife/Nongame/snakes.htm

Field Guide for Snakes of VT (link)
http://community.middlebury.edu/~herpatlas/the_atlas.htm

Field Guide for Snakes of Maine (link)
http://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife/species/endangered_species/reptile_amphibian_list.htm