Many people believe that snakes are poisonous, when in reality, they are actually venomous. Venom has to be injected through fangs to be dangerous while poison has to be touched or eaten. 

On “Snake Boss,” Julia Baker wrestles with some of the most dangerous, deadliest, and also friendliest snakes that are crawling around Queensland, Australia. A deadly snake is one with the most toxic venom, but rarely does it attack humans. A dangerous snake is one that will attack humans more often, but its venom isn’t as lethal. Australia is known for its unique wildlife and is home to many dangerous snakes like the Eastern Brown Snake, the Red-Bellied Black Snake, and the Inland Taipan.

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Snakes can be found slithering through the cities, grasslands, deserts, water, and forests of many countries. Venomous and non-venomous snakes can be found in every U.S. state except for Alaska. We’ve put together a list of venomous snakes that live in the seven most populated U.S. states. Check them out below.

1. California

California is the most populated state in the U.S. and home to an impressive 59 snake species. Only 10 of these snakes are venomous.

Mojave Desert Sidewinder

The Mojave Desert Sidewinder is a snake that lives in the deserts of the southwestern portions of California, New Mexico, Nevada, and northwestern Mexico. Although the sidewinder is a venomous snake, its venom is weaker than other rattlesnakes. A snake bite from a Mojave Desert Sidewinder could cause dizziness, chills, nausea, severe swelling, and shock. 

2. Texas

Texas is home to 77 different snake species. Eleven of these snakes are venomous.


The Cottonmouth snake is one of the most venomous viper snakes. Although their bites are rarely fatal, a cottonmouth bite could leave scars and on some occasions require amputation. 

3. Florida

The sunshine state is home to 55 snake species but only seven of them are a threat to humans. The Coral Snake is one of the most venomous snakes in North America and can be found in all of Florida and many other southern states including Texas, Louisiana, and North Carolina.

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According to the American National Institutes of Health, on an average there are only 15-25 coral snake bites annually. The snake tends to flee any human confrontation and only bite as a last resort to protect itself. A Coral Snake bite could cause respiratory failure. 

4. New York

New York has 16 different snake species with only three of them being venomous. 

Northern Copperhead

The Northern Copperhead is a Copperhead subspecies  with the largest range. It can be found from eastern New York to Illinois, and southern states as far as Florida. The Copperhead is the cause of many snake bites, but rarely are they ever fatal. Most Copperheads prefer to avoid human contact. 

5. Illinois

Illinois is home to 39 unique snake species, with only five of them being venomous. 

Osage Copperhead

Osage Copperhead is one of the most venomous snakes in Illinois. It is highly recommended that anyone who has been bitten by this snake receive immediate medical attention. An Osage Copperhead snake bite could cause severe pain, bleeding of the gums, shock, kidney failure, and more. 

6. Pennsylvania

There are 21 snake species living in Pennsylvania, only three of them being venomous. 

Massasauga rattlesnake

The Eastern Massasauga snake is one of the most venomous snakes crawling around Pennsylvania and other parts of the Midwest. The snake’s venom can destroy human tissue, disrupt blood flow, and stop blood clotting. The Eastern Massasauga tends to avoid human contact and only attacks when it feels threatened. 

7. Ohio 

There are 27 different snake species slithering around the Buckeye State. Only three of these snakes are venomous.

Timber Rattlesnake

The Timber Rattlesnake is one of the three venomous snakes that can be found in Ohio and most of the northeastern United States. It is one of the most dangerous snakes in North America. The Timber Rattlesnake has long fangs and a very high venom yield which could be offset by its long brumation (hibernation) period.

Check out the video below to see what other snakes are wiggling around the U.S. To learn more facts about snakes, watch “Snake Boss” with a Vibrant TV subscription.