Welcome to lasvegassnakes.com! I am David, a snake enthusiast living in Las Vegas, NV. Many people don't know that Las Vegas is in fact full of snakes! You just need to know where to find them - they can often be shy and elusive. Some Nevada snake species are more common outside of the city limits, in different parts of Clark County NV, but many types of snakes are indeed common in the more urban parts of Las Vegas. This guide is meant to help educate you about the beautiful snakes of Las Vegas, and to help you identify the most common snakes of Las Vegas, as well as the venomous snakes of Las Vegas that you should learn to recognize and avoid. If you want more detail, click here for my complete list of ALL snake species in Las Vegas. Remember the following:
- Most snakes of Las Vegas are harmless and don't want to encounter you
- Venomous snakes exist but are uncommon in Las Vegas, Nevada
- Snakes eat rats and mice and are a valuable part of the Nevada ecosystem
- Never kill a snake - if you leave a snake alone, it will leave you alone.
Common Snake Species in Las VegasDesert Glossy Snake: The glossy snake is similar in terms of appearance to the gopher snake. What differentiates them from one another is how they are smaller in size and have narrow pointed heads. They also appear pale which is why they are commonly called “faded snakes”. Their colors are usually brown, tan, and gray with spotted patterning on glossy skin. They are nocturnal predators whose main food source are lizards, small mammals, and birds who kill their prey.
Desert Night Snake: These are small tan or light brown snakes with dark brown blotches running down the back. Usually, they would have large dark spots on the sides of their neck, sometimes merging to form a dark band. Their heads are rather pointy and appear to be in a triangular shape. They occur in different places which include rocky and sandy areas from desert flats and mountain meadows. Although they are sometimes mistaken for rattlesnakes, they don’t have a rattle at the end of their tails and they are a non-venomous species.
Corn Snake: A common choice to keep as a pet is the corn snake. They are found in woodlands and forests and can be wild-caught. Their ground color ranges from orange to gray with orange, brown, or reddish patterns bordered with black on the back and sides. Their belly is checkered black and white while the tail is striped. Corn snakes don’t normally bite or attack humans. Most of the time, they are docile and wouldn’t be the type to fight back when scared.
Venomous Snake Species in Las VegasGrand Canyon Rattlesnake: These snakes are venomous and reach up to 54 inches in length. While their background color varies, they usually have dark blotches on their body -which tend to become crossbands near the tail. They are located in a variety of habitats some of these including grasslands, cliff slopes, pine forests, and much more. Normally, they are more active during the day time. But in some cases, they would be active throughout the day depending on the weather conditions.
Mojave Green Rattlesnake: This venomous species commonly has a background color of dark green or olive-green with distinct dark diamonds offset with light borders running down the center of the back. Their tails have black and white bands as well. They may sometimes be confused with the western diamondback rattlesnake but can be told apart because of the narrow black bands on their tail and upper white eye stripe extending beyond their mouth corners. Their venom is said to attack the nervous system much stronger than that of other rattlesnakes.
Mojave Desert Sidewinders: Among different venomous species, the Mojave Desert sidewinder is relatively small compared to its rattlesnake relatives. They have the ability to camouflage excellently to help them escape from predators and become somewhat invisible to their prey. These are one of the few snakes that move in a side-winding motion -which is what creates J-patterns to form on sands they pass through. They are also identified by the scales above their eyes that are said to act as a shade for when the sun is high or to prevent sand from obscuring their vision when they keep themselves buried under.
If you're unsure, you can email me a photo of the snake at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email you back with the snake's species. If you found a snake skin, read my Found a Skin? page, and you can email me a photo of the skin, and I'll identify the snake for you. If you need professional Las Vegas snake removal help, click my Get Help page, or see the below website sponsor I found, who provides that service.
Remember, the term is not poisonous snakes of Las Vegas, it's venomous snakes of Las Vegas. Poison is generally something you eat, and venom is injected into you. That said, dangerous snakes are very rare in Las Vegas. The few venomous snakes of Clark County are rarely seen. But they are commonly misidentified, so learn about all the snake species of Las Vegas in order to correctly identify them. These snakes are usually also found in the surrounding towns of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Mesquite, Laughlin, Boulder City, Spring Valley, Paradise, Sunrise Manor, Searchlight, Mount Charleston, Moapa, Moapa Valley, Indian Springs, Enterprise, Whitney, Bunkerville, Blue Diamond, Goodsprings, Primm, Jean, Sandy Valley, Winchester, Summerlin South, Nelson, Sloan, Cal-Nev-Ari, and the surrounding areas.
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