Top 10 Snakes in Iowa

Plains Garter Snake:The plains garter snake is a species of garter snake native to most of the central United States as far north as Canada and as far south as Texas.

Western Ribbon Snake:The species is endemic to the western United States, Mexico, and Central America. The species has six recognized subspecies.

Copperhead: the copperhead is considered an endangered species in Iowa, but this is mostly because the state lies just barely within its range.

Smooth Earth Snake:The smooth earth snake is a species of nonvenomous natricine colubrid snake native to the eastern half of the United States. 

Western Fox Snake:The western fox snake is named for its yellow-gold eyes, similar to those of a fox. Despite being a common sight in Iowa, the western fox snake is endangered in some states.

Common Garter Snake:These snakes are so abundant that they are the only species of snake you are allowed to capture or kill in the state. 

Brown Snake:The brown snake is a bit bolder than some other snakes, meaning that they make great pets, though it is illegal to capture them in the wild.

Timber Rattlesnake:They tend to make their homes in the forest of eastern and southern Iowa, though females may migrate to rockier, cooler areas while pregnant. 

Prairie Rattlesnake:The prairie rattlesnake certainly isn’t the most common snake in Iowa. On top of having a habitat limited to the prairies of Loess Hills and surrounding areas, they are also an endangered species. 

Gopher Snake:The Pacific gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer catenifer) is a subspecies of large non-venomous colubrid snake native to the western coast of North America.

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