Top 5 stunning but non venomous snakes

Northern water snake

Did you utilize all your knowledge regarding triangular heads, elliptical pupils, and color pattern are about venomous snakes? Let me show you some beautiful but non venomous snakes.

1. Honduran Milksnakes

Honduran Milk Snake


Honduran Milksnakes are found in Central America. Specifically they are found in Honduras.

It is a beautifully colored snake marked in broad bands of brilliant tangerine and red that are separated by narrower black bands. With it's smooth scales and fairly slender body it is not only lovely to look at, but a pleasure to hold. They will reach about reach three to four feet in length. The Milksnake is a harmless, non-venomous snake which kills its prey by constriction. They feed on a range of small mammals such a voles mice rats and also take birds lizards and other snakes.

2. Hognose SnakeHognose Snake


One of the best fakers in the snake kingdom. They can flatten their neck, almost like a cobra, and even have some enlarged teeth in the back of their mouths. The hognose snake is sometimes nicknamed the "Puff adder", because one of its bluffs when threatened is to swell its head and neck so it looks larger. This king of bluffs will also hiss loudly and thrash its tail to try and scare away intruders. If these efforts fail, sometimes it will play dead (see lowest picture). It almost never bites, even when handled. This snake feeds on toads, insects, frogs, and mice. Colors and patterns vary greatly between individuals; headshape and behavior are better identifiers. It has an upturned point on its snout instead of the rounded oval head.

3. Lyre Snake (Trimorphodon biscutatus)

Lyre Snake ( Trimorphodon biscutatus)

It has eliptical pupils, but poses absolutely no threat to humans. The broad head with narrow neck gives the lyre snake a triangular-shaped head. Dark brown saddles reside on a light brown to light gray back. The underside is creamy-white or yellow with scattered brown spots. The scales are smooth; the pupil is vertical. The northern part of the lyre snakes range is in southeastern Nevada and southwestern Utah; the range continues south through western Mexico to Costa Rica. Lyre snakes forage in rocky areas on small vertebrates also living among the rocks. They eat bats, small rodents, lizards and probably ground-nesting birds.

4. Northern water snake

The northern water snake is a thick, medium-length snake marked with dark splotches and bands on a lighter background. It is active in the daytime. In Minnesota, it is most often found in vegetation along or swimming in water near the St. Croix, Mississippi, and Minnesota riversThese snakes eat frogs, turtles, fish, and other small animals found in their habitat. Sometimes they will round up fish or tadpoles with their long bodies and them eat them, or simply swim through a school of fish with their mouths open. Northern water snakes may also eat dead fish. 

Sometime, water snakes are often confused with water moccasin snakes (also called cottonmouths), which are venomous with a dangerous bite. Inability to tell the two species apart has led to the death of many harmless water snakes.

5. Sonoran Shovel-nosed snake


It may sport the same red on yellow pattern as the venomous Coral snake, but this little snake makes its living eating insects, and could no sooner hurt a human, than it could sprout wings and fly. We can also tell that this snake is NOT a venomous Coral Snake, because it does not have a black head, and its red and black bands do not go all of the way around the body, like the Coral Snake’s do.

If you look closely, you will notice that the black and red bands fade to yellow toward the belly of the snake. C. palarostris is found in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Snakes of the genus Chionactis prey upon insects and other arthropods such as centipedes, scorpions, and spiders. They also eat the pupae of ants, butterflies and moths, and other insects; and they have been known to eat the eggs of small species of lizards.

However, even though they are technically considered “rear-fanged venomous”, some of these guys are very popular in the pet trade, and again, do not make a habit of, or have the proper equipment, to hurt people.