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
Garter snake

northern redbelly snake

Northern redbelly snake

northern ringneck snake
Northern ringneck snake

northern water snake

Northern water snake

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Identification and Control Information

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General Snake Information

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.

[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,]