10 DANGEROUS ANIMALS IN THE UNITED STATES

These snakes are ambush hunters, meaning that they select a suitable site and wait to surprise their prey

Copperhead

These venomous snakes are ambush predators, waiting for unsuspecting prey to come within range of their strike.

Timber Rattlesnake

The name “Massasauga” actually comes from the Chippewa language and means “great river mouth” and describes their habitat.

Eastern Massasauga

Be on the lookout for them near bodies of water, including swamps, marshes, ponds, and slow-moving streams and rivers, as well as semi-permanent water sources like flooded fields and drainage ditches.

Cottonmouth

Some impressive individuals have even grown up to 8 feet long. They prefer relatively dry habitats, including pine forests, palmetto flatwoods, mixed woodlands, and scrublands.

Eastern Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

You might spot them in deserts, grassy plains, forested areas, coastal prairies, rocky hillsides, and river bottoms.

Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

These venomous snakes can be found in the United States in open prairies, grasslands, semi-desert shrublands, and forested environments.

Prairie Rattlesnake

Pygmy Rattlesnakes occupy a wide variety of habitats. Naturally, they can be found in pine forests, dry upland forests, floodplains, sandhills, and near lakes, rivers, and marshes.

Pygmy Rattlesnake

Also known as the Northern Pacific Rattle Snake, this venomous species occupies many habitats.

Western Rattlesnake

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Coral Snake

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