These Are The Most Venomous Snakes In Illinois
The Midwest isn't known as a state with a "snake problem." In fact, many people probably don't even realize that there are 4 different kinds of venomous snakes in Illinois.
There are plenty of animals with poisonous bites in Illinois, and today we will be taking a look at them.
Other venomous animals In Illinois
According to animalvivid.com there are plenty of other animals that are venomous in Illinois. Those animals are as follows:
Brown Recluse Spider - This spider is among the United States’ most poisonous house spider species, despite not growing over a quarter or half an inch long.
Black Widow Spider - The black widow spider is not often aggressive and stings people in an attempt to defend itself. However, the black widow spider is one of the thirty to thirty-five species of spiders you may ‘regularly’ see in the southern-half parts of Illinois.
Striped Bark Scorpion - It is common in the state’s Southwestern areas; however, you rarely tend to find these scorpions, thanks to their reclusive and nocturnal habit.
Venomous Snakes In Illinois
According to Illinois DNR, there are four native Illinois snake species that are venomous:
Copperhead - This species of venomous snake member of the subfamily Crotalinae in the family Viperidae.
Cottonmouth - This is a species of pit viper in the subfamily Crotalinae of the family Viperidae. It is one of the world's few semiaquatic vipers.
Timber rattlesnake - a species of pit viper endemic to eastern North America. Learn more here...
Massasauga - This is a rattlesnake species. See more here.
Forty species of snakes inhabit Illinois, dwelling in forests, grasslands, marshes, swamps, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and sloughs. Some species are quite common, while others are very rare. These reptiles are solitary predators that eat a variety of prey.
Thankfully only 4 of those 40 are venomous.