You'll find 50 kinds of snakes in Florida, six of which are venomous.
Here are the five to watch out for on the First Coast as well as the sixth that is located in the Panhandle, according to the University of Florida Museum of Natural History.
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Cottonmouth (Water moccasin)
A dark-colored, heavy-bodied snake. Juveniles are brightly colored with reddish-brown crossbands on a brown ground color. The pattern darkens with age so adults retain only a hint of the banding or are black. Average adult size is 20 to 48 inches.
The head is thick and distinctly broader than the neck. The tip of the snout has two vertical dark lines. When viewed from above, the eyes cannot be seen. SOURCE: UF Museum of History.
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
A large, heavy-bodied snake with a row of large dark diamonds with brown centers and cream borders. The tail is usually a different shade, brownish or gray, and toward the end of the tail the diamond fade out or break into bands. The tail ends in a rattle. Average adult size is 36 to 72 inches.
The large and thick head has a dark stripe running diagonally through the eyes and there are vertical light stripes on the snout.
It's sometimes confused with the Timber or Canebrake rattlesnake, another venomous snake found in Florida. SOURCE: UF Museum of Natural History.
Timber or Canebrake Rattlesnake
It can be a large, heavy-bodied snake. The reddish brown stripe running down the center of the back is disrupted by a series of large, black, chevron-like crossbands on the pinkish gray or tan body. The tail is uniform black. The head is large and sometimes with a dark diagonal line through the eye or just behind the eye.
Average adult size is 36 to 60 inches. The pupil is vertical and cat-like and there is a facial pit between the nostril and the eye. SOURCE: UF Museum of Natural History.
Dusky Pigmy Rattlesnake
This is a small snake, but thick for its size. The top of the triangular-shaped head is covered with nine large scales. The body color is light to dark gray. A longitudinal row of black or charcoal, transverse blotches disrupts a reddish brown stripe running down the middle of the back. The tail is slender and ends in a small rattle. Average adult size is 12 to 24 inches.
The belly is heavily mottled with black and white. SOURCE: UF Museum of Natural History.
Its body is ringed with black, yellow and red; narrow yellow rings separate the wider red and black rings. The rings continue around the belly. From tip of snout to just behind the eye the head is black, followed by a wide yellow ring. The tail is black and yellow, without any red rings. the red rings usually contain black flecks and spots.
Average adult size is 20 to 30 inches. SOURCE: UF Museum of Natural History.
A stout-bodied snake with broad, light-brown to gray crossbands, alternating with dark-brown to reddish-brown crossbands. Average adult size is 22 to 36 inches.
The dark bands have an hourglass shape. Some have an overall pinkish tint. The top of the head in front of the eyes is covered with large plate-like scales.
In Florida, this snake occurs only in the Panhandle. SOURCE: UF Museum of Natural History.