There are more than 30 species of indigenous snakes in our state, but only SIX (6) are venomous. They are Copperhead, Cottonmouth, Pygmy Rattlesnake, Canebrake/Timber Rattlesnake, Diamondback Rattlesnake, and Coral Snake. Know these 6 and you will know all you need to know when a snake catches you by surprise. If it’s not one of these six species, it should not be a danger to humans or pets. Nonvenomous species of snake are beneficial to have around as they keep the rodent population in check and deter venomous species from inhabiting the area.
This is a very BASIC, quick guide. Information is posted with each picture. There are links below the pictures for more information on each species. The best website I have found that focuses on all indigenous snakes of SC is put together by the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.
If you have snake or other nuisance wildlife problems in Kershaw County call your local South Carolina Department of Natural Resources licensed wildlife control operator at 803-427-0551 or 803-427-1350.