November 07, 2005

Virginia Snakes

Virginia Timber Rattler

There are more than 3,000 species of snakes in the world. The U.S. is home to 224 different snakes. Virginia has 30 species and 38 subspecies of snakes. Three of these snakes are poisonous: copperheads and cottonmouths (Agkistrodon species, sometimes called moccasins), and rattlesnakes (Crotalus species).

Illustration from "Facts, Fancies, and Folklore about Snakes" by Hubert J. Davis, illustrated by Joseph E. Kelley. Pocahontas Press, Inc., Blacksburg, VA. 1995. ISBN 0-936015-59-4.