Order Squamata: Serpentes
Save for only six species, all of Mississippi’s native snakes are harmless. See families Elapidae (venomous) and Viperidae (venomous) at the bottom of this array to learn more about identifying venomous species. While potentially harmful if haphazardly provoked, all snake species, including venomous species, are valuable members of our natural environments and deserve to coexist in our lives.
One species in the state, highly venomous, hesitant to bite when left alone
Thick-bodied vipers, venomous yet docile when left alone