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Many people are afraid of snakes because they don't know enough about them. Snakes are beneficial—they help control insect and rodent populations, and they are fun to watch. There are no poisonous snakes in Maine.

garter snake northern redbelly snake northern ringneck snake northern water snake
Garter snake Northern redbelly snake Northern ringneck snake Northern water snake

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Identification and Control Information (each will open in a new window)
Note: The following contain information about snakes that do not occur in Maine, however the general information and the tips for dealing with unwanted snakes are very useful. For Maine specific information see above.
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[Photos, left to right: David Cappaert, Michigan State University,; James Henderson, Gulf South Research Corporation,; Chris Evans, River to River CWMA,; John Triana, Regional Water Authority,]

It is the policy of the State of Maine to minimize reliance on pesticides. The Maine Department of Agriculture and the Maine IPM Council encourage everyone to practice integrated pest management and to use pesticides only as a last resort. The mention of pesticides in the fact sheets linked to these pages does not imply an endorsement of any product. Be sure that any product used is currently registered and follow all label directions.