North American Racer – black body with satin sheet – 4′-6′ long
*Timber Rattlesnake – black W-shaped cross bands on a tan background – 2′ – 4′ long
*Ring-necked snake – blue-gray color with a yellow (or orange) underside and a yellow (or orange) ring around its neck – 1′ – 2′ long
*Eastern ratsnake – black and white checkerboard on the front half, and then turns to a solid dark tone towards the tail – 5′ – 6′ long
*Milksnake – reddish-brown blotches outlined in black – 2′ – 3′ long
*Northern watersnake – reddish-brown blotches on a cream background when young. They darken with age to almost solid black with dark brown blotches – 3′ – 4′ long
*Smooth Greensnake – solid green – 2′ long
*DeKay’s Brownsnake – brown or grayish-brown – 1′ long
*Red-bellied snake – brown or dark gray with red underside – 1′ long
*Eastern ribbonsnake – three yellow, length-wise stripes on a black background – 2′ to 3′ long
*Common gartersnake – three length-wise yellowish stripes, one on the center of the back and one on each side – 2′ to 3′ long
The timber rattlesnake is Vermont’s only poisonous snake. The ones I have *’d are the ones that have been sited in my town (Castleton).
For more information on snakes in this region, click on the link below. There are pictures and lots of great information.
Be careful out there!