On this page, you can find an overview of snakes in Michigan. The list is separated into non-venomous and venomous snakes in Michigan.
There are 17 snake species in Michigan. The eastern massasauga snake is the only venomous snake in Michigan. Just click on any of the images or links below to learn more about each snake.
If you have encountered a snake in Michigan that is not yet on our list or that you cannot identify yourself, we’ll be happy to identify it for you. Simply take a picture of it and upload your picture, a quick description and the U.S. state where it was found here on our snake identification page.
List of venomous snakes in Michigan
The eastern massasauga is the only venomous snake in Michigan. The massasauga snake is listed as a species of special concern in Michigan and sightings of this secreative snake are rare. No fatailities have been recorded in over 50 years and bites are rare. Sightings of the last decased have been limited to the Lower Peninsula. This leaves the Upper Peninsula free of venomous snakes.
The massasauga snake, Sistrurus catenatus, is a venomous snake that can be found in several U.S. states in a wide strip from Southeastern Canada to Northern Mexico. It grows up to two feet in length and has characteristic brown/black and grey/white patterns along its body that look like an iron ...
Of the 16 non-venomous snake species in Michigan, three are species of the garter snake genus. Other common Michigan snakes are the North American racer, the common watersnake and the eastern fox snake.