Key to the harmless snakes of the Southeastern United States
By Alex Netherton, the Appalachian Naturalist

    This key is designed to be used by the beginner, and also the serious enthusiast of snakes. It is merely a tool, and will not key 100% of the snakes found 100% of the time. It has several groups. Click on the highlighted text at the end of the line which best describes the snake you found.

Snake that is all one color on its back; can be green, brown, gray, or black. Click here for next level.

Snake with stripes. (Some striped snakes may have a checkerboard pattern between stripes.) Click here for next level.

Snake with blotches, spots or other pattern; pattern may look like "diamonds". Click here for next level.

Snake with bands, bars, or other markings running across the back. Click here for next level.

Snake black or gray with a yellow or white ring around neck. Click here for next level.

For right now, these links may go nowhere, but hopefully soon, they will. Sorry to put an "under construction" page up.