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Are there poisonous snakes in Northern New England?

Northern New England is home to several species of snake, but very few poisonous ones. A small number of Timber rattlesnakes live in parts of New Hampshire and Vermont and are considered highly endangered. It is possible, but very unlikely, that you might find a copperhead in New Hampshire or Vermont. Maine does not have any poisonous snakes.

Some people own poisonous snakes from other parts of the world as pets. Poisonous snakes also sometimes come in from other parts of the country in vehicles or shipping containers.

Read more about the snakes of our region at the following pages:

What should I do if I’ve been bitten by a snake?

If you have been bitten by a snake, call the poison center right away at 1-800-222-1222 or text POISON to 85511. If the snake was poisonous and you need treatment, the poison center can guide you through the steps to take immediately and also help your local hospital find the right antivenom.

Last Updated: Friday March 2nd 2018