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Image Gallery: Snakes of the World

Pine Woods Snake

pine woods snake

(Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The slender pine woods snake is also called the yellow-lipped snake because of the band of yellow stretching across its mouth.

Rat Snake (baby)

rat snake

(Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Rat snakes are docile and harmless, making them popular as pets.

Sri Lanka Alibino Cobra

(Image credit: AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Albino cobras are exotic but deadly. In February 2011, a New Jersey man nearly died when his pet albino cobra bit him.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes

Rattlesnake

(Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The western diamondback can strike at a distance of half its body length -- not too shabby for a creature that can grow 4 feet (120 centimeters) long.

Wandering Garter Snake

garter snake

(Image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

These non-venomous snakes are the most common reptile in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park. They live near water and eat small rodents as well as tadpoles, snails and leeches.

Western Long-nosed Snake

long-nosed snake

(Image credit: Chris Brown, USGS)

This tricolored serpent lives in desert habitats in California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona.

Egyptian Cobra

Venomous snake

(Image credit: public domain)

Egyptian cobras possess a deadly venom that attacks the nervous system.