Identify that Snake: These Slither Around in Central Arizona

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    Gophersnake

    Gophersnake
    © Dee Kirkhart of Premier Pest Mgmt, used with permission.

    Arizona Gophersnakes, Rattlesnakes and More

    Not all snakes that are found in the Phoenix area are the deadly kind. Still, when encountering a snake you should take appropriate precautions. If you come upon any snake in the desert, the best way to proceed is to steer clear -- avoid it and leave it alone! If you find a snake at your home or in your yard and you aren't comfortable with what kind of snake it is or how to handle it, contact a professional and they will remove it for you.

    The images in this gallery were all submitted by About.com Phoenix readers, and all these snake varieties can be found in Arizona. There is a separate gallery for the venomous Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, and you can see those photos here.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sidewinder

    Sidewinder
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Shovel-nosed Snake

    Western Shovel-nosed Snake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gophersnake

    Gophersnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Nightsnake

    Nightsnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Ring-necked Snake

    Ring-necked Snake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Arizona Black Rattlesnake

    Arizona Black Rattlesnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake

    Sonoran Mountain Kingsnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Black-Necked Gartersnake

    Black-Necked Gartersnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    The Black-Tailed Rattlesnake

    The Black-Tailed Rattlesnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Long-Nosed Snake

    Long-Nosed Snake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Patch-nosed Snake

    Western Patch-nosed Snake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Arizona Coral Snake

    Arizona Coral Snake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Tiger Rattlesnake

    Tiger Rattlesnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Striped Whipsnake

    Striped Whipsnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Mohave Rattlesnake

    Mohave Rattlesnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Speckled Rattlesnake

    Speckled Rattlesnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Rosy Boa

    Rosy Boa
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Coachwhip

    Coachwhip
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Variable Sandsnake

    Variable Sandsnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Glossy Snake

    Glossy Snake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sonoran Whipsnake

    Sonoran Whipsnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Lyresnake

    Western Lyresnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Common Kingsnake

    Common Kingsnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Groundsnake

    Groundsnake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake

    Spotted Leaf-nosed Snake
    © Dr. Brendan P. O'Connor, used with permission. Some descriptions obtained from AZ PARC.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Common Kingsnake

    Common Kingsnake
    © Tony Perrino, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sonoran Whipsnake

    Sonoran Whipsnake
    © David J. Purwin, Desert Wildlife Services, Inc., used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gopher Snake

    Gopher Snake
    © Tony Perrino, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gopher Snake

    Gopher Snake
    © Kim Potts, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Arizona Black Rattlesnake

    Arizona Black Rattlesnake
    © Diane Davis, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A reader contacted me to tell me that this photo, originally identified by the submitter as a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake, is actually a neonate Arizona Black Rattlesnake.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Long-Nosed Snake

    Long-Nosed Snake
    © Shari Gemmill, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Bull Snake

    Bull Snake
    © Tom McConnell, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sonoran Gopher Snake

    Sonoran Gopher Snake
    © T. Bryce, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    © Brad, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Long-Nosed Snake

    Long-Nosed Snake
    Long-Nosed Snake Picture © Joseph Scherzer, M.D., used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "I live in Paradise Valley, a little south of Tatum and Shea. One week ago, about 8 PM, I walked out my front door, never noticing this snake spread across the concrete walk. I DID see it on the way back to the house. Since it was motionless, i thought it might be dead, and touched it's tail with my shoe. It curled its tail up and away from me, but otherwise remained motionless. I walked in the house to grab my camera, and found it had started to slither away when I returned to the area. It was so dark that I could not see the snake thru the viewfinder, but I managed to take a photo by virtue of the camera's red-light focusing mechanism lighting up the ground just before I pressed the shutter."

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    California King Snake

    California King Snake
    © John DellaMaddalena, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Tiger Rattlesnake

    Tiger Rattlesnake
    © Derrick A. Denis, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "This Tiger Rattlesnake (Crotalus tigris) was minding it's own business on the front porch of a home adjoining the southwestern side of South Mountain Park in Phoenix, Arizona. This specimen was captured and released into the nearby desert away from homes. The specimen was photographed at the time of release."

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    Kingsnake

    Kingsnake
    © Justin West, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Speckled Rattlesnake

    Speckled Rattlesnake
    © Scott Pitts, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Gopher Snake

    Gopher Snake
    © Michael R. McCracken, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gopher Snake

    Mesa Snake
    © Sally Theel, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Red Coachwhip or Red Racer Snake

    Red Racer Snake
    Red Racer Snake picture © Marianne Cook, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    Note: Adult Red Racer Snakes bite, and are best not to be handled.

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    Mohave Rattlesnake

    Mohave Rattlesnake
    © Daniel Scalf, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Spotted Night Snake

    Spotted Night Snake
    © John DellaMaddalena, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    This Spotted Night Snake (Hypsiglena torquata ochrorhyncha) appears to be ready to shed its skin. These snakes are considered to be mildly venomous because although they can deliver toxic saliva, it is not used to kill prey and is considered generally not dangerous to most humans.

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    Sonoran Gopher Snake

    © T. Aksut, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    California Kingsnake

    California Kingsnake in Arizona
    California Kingsnake Picture © Beverly Warembourg, used with permission.

    The California Kingsnake is found in most areas of Arizona. It is non-venomous.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gopher Snake

    Gopher Snake
    Gopher Snake Picture © The Arnold Family, used with permission.

    The Gopher Snake is non-venomous.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Common Kingsnake

    Common Kingsnake
    © John DellaMaddalena, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake

    Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake
    © Helmut Zeller, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "I took this picture near Wickenburg, AZ and believe this is a Tiger Rattlesnake. This is was taken at night, hence the more “round” pupils. This snake is most likely less than a year old. I was very close to this snake, no rattling or trying to get away."

    UPDATE July 2011: A local Herpetologist has advised the About.com Phoenix Guide that is is actually a picture of a Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchelli pyrrhus), not a tiger rattlesnake.

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    Coachwhip

    Coachwhip Arizona Snake
    © Jessica Sabo, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "This guy was hiding behind my pool brush in the early a.m. Taken at Estrella Mountain Ranch, Fairways home in Goodyear, AZ."

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    Tiger Rattlesnake (Venomous) and King Snake (Nonvenomous)

    King Snake eating Tiger Rattlesnake
    © Marius Gheorghe, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "I was hiking today in the Deem Hills Recreation Area and stumbled upon (what I believe to be) a king snake eating (what I believe to be) a tiger rattlesnake. I watched for a few minutes the 'ball' of snakes with the king snake being wrapped around the rattlesnake and swallowing it bit by bit. Once in a while the rattlesnake's tail would flail helplessly."

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    Gopher Snake in Cave Creek, Arizona

    Cave Creek Gopher Snake
    © Kathleen Chapman, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Gopher Snake on a Golf Course

    Gopher Snake on a Golf Course
    © Heather Faye Botello, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Black-tailed Rattlesnake

    Black-tailed rattlesnake in Mesa, AZ
    © Bart & Tina Kaylor, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "I took the ... picture of a Rattlesnake while off-trail above the wind caves on Pass Mountain (Mesa) on June 10th....The subject appears to be a fairly large Black-tailed Rattlesnake. During the 2-3 minutes of the encounter, I took 5 photos. The snake was very 'good natured' and did NOT rattle at all. At the end of the encounter it slowly turned its head, uncoiled and slithered away.

    Time of day: 10:30 a.m.
    temperature: 85-90 degrees
    elevation: about 2850'
    terrain: rocky desert with cliffs"

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    Western Coachwhip

    Western Coachwhip Snake
    © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Common Kingsnake

    Common Kingsnake in Goodyear AZ
    © Tucker Fortier, used with permission

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    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

    Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
    © Helmut Zeller, used with permission

    The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is a common snake in the Phoenix area. It is venomous.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Sonoran Gophersnake
    © Cheri Baumgartner, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    The Sonoran gophersnake will appear to some to at like a rattlesnake when it feels threatened. It will hiss and look like it is about to strike. It will even shake its tail end like a rattlesnake.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Sonoran Gophersnake
    © Michael, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    The Sonoran gophersnake will appear to some to at like a rattlesnake when it feels threatened. It will hiss and look like it is about to strike. It will even shake its tail end like a rattlesnake.

    A Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Maricopa County will help you to learn more about and identify snakes that are found in central Arizona.

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    Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake

    Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake
    © Tom Kruse, Sun City, AZ. Used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    While Bumble Bee is in Yavapai County in Arizona, these snakes are also found in Maricopa County. From the photographer: "Sunning rattlesnake was spotted by our group of 4 hikers along Poland Creek, Bumble Bee, AZ on 15 May 2013."

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    Coachwhip

    Arizona Coachwhip Snake
    © Michael Rauso, used with permission

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    Spotted Night Snake

    Spotted Night Snake
    © Chad Anderson, used with permission

    The Spotted Night Snake is nocturnal, and resembles the Western Diamondback, except, of course, that it doesn't have a rattle.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Sonoran Gophersnake
    © Isabel Theile Graves, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    This Sonoran gophersnake was estimated to be about six feet long.

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    Black-tailed Rattlesnake

    Black-tailed rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)
    © Chad Nordaune, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    From the photographer: "This black tailed rattlesnake snuck up on us at the eastern-most beach of Saguaro Lake, it was not aggressive at all, slithered into the foliage and up a tree."

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Gophersnake in Scottsdale
    © Richard Keebler, used with permission

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Sonoran Gophersnake
    © David Micetic, used with permission

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    Sonoran Gopher Snake

    Sonoran Gopher Snake
    © Donna Freeman, used with permission

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

    Sonoran Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer affinis)

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    Mohave Rattlesnake

    © G.Joyner-Allsnake of Phoenix, used with permission

    The Mohave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) is a commonly seen in Central Arizona. It is venomous. Warning: if you are taking photos, please keep your distance and don't disturb the snake's habitat.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Sidewinder

    Sidewinder, Maricopa County.
    © G.Joyner-Allsnake of Phoenix, used with permission

    The Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes) is a commonly seen in Central Arizona. It is venomous. Warning: if you are taking photos, please keep your distance and don't disturb the snake's habitat.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.

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    Western Shovel-nosed Snake

    The Western Shovel-nosed Snake
    © G. Joyner-Allsnake of Phoenix, used with permission.

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    Sonoran Gophersnake

    Sonoran Gophersnake
    © G. Joyner-Allsnake of Phoenix, used with permission.

    If you have taken a photo of a snake in Maricopa County (Greater Phoenix area) and you'd like to submit the picture to this photo gallery, here's how you do it.