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"Which is better: to fear all snakes and keep out of danger, or become educated and fear those only that can be harmful to you?" - Bill Haast on the Discovery Channel
There are about 11 species and sub species of snakes found in Maine, there are no venomous snakes native to Maine.

There are no species of native venomous snakes that inhabit Maine. How ever there have been reports of 1 species of venomous snake found there. Anyone who lives in or visits Maine should make themselves aware of this snake, and learn how to identify it. Children especially, whom snakes often fascinate, should be made aware of this species. A lot of snakebites occur because people are uniformed about the venomous snakes, and mistakenly think them harmless. The best rule of thumb is - if you don't know what kind of snake it is - leave it alone.

Some rare reports of the Timber Rattlesnake come from the extreme southwestern part of the state.
Timber Rattlesnake
Crotalus horridus
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Non Venomous snake species found in Mine
Northern Water Snake Nerodia s. sipedon
Eastern Garter Snake Thamnophis s. sirtalis
Maritime Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis pallidulus
Northern Ribbon Snake Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis
Eastern Ribbon Snake Thamnophis s. sauritus
Northern Redbelly Snake Storeria o. occipitomaculata
Northern Brown Snake Storeria d. dekayi
Northern Ringneck Snake Diadophis punctatus edwardsi
Northern Black Racer Coluber c. constrictor
Smooth Green Snake Liochlorophis vernalis
Eastern Milk Snake Lampropeltis t. triangulum

A word of caution: If you find a snake, and you do not know whether or not it is venomous, the safest thing to do is leave it alone. Florida snakes are not aggressive and, unless they are cornered, most will flee when humans approach. Occasionally, you might encounter one that is reluctant to leave because it is basking in the sun to get warm. Among snakebite victims, an unacceptably high number are bitten on the hands and arms when they are handling the snake. Do not catch a snake, and do not handle one unless you are sure it is not venomous. In addition, for a short time after a snake is killed, its reflexes may continue to work. Those reflexes typically cause the body to writhe slowly for a while, but they can cause a convulsive contraction and a bite, so you should not handle a freshly killed venomous snake.

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