From out along the Great Lakes to down along Long Island, you’ll find that all throughout the state of New York you can find an assortment of wildlife. While each of the state regions has its own creatures that are prevalently running rampant through the area, there are some forms of wildlife that almost every resident has encountered at one time or another. New Yorkers may think that the only slithering animal they’ll ever encounter is that of an average garter snake, but there’s an even bigger question to be asked: “Does New York have poisonous snakes?” You betcha! Following are those you’ll want to watch out for throughout the Empire State, particularly in the Spring when they start emerging from their winter slumber. Slither along and see for yourself!

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Have you encountered any of these venomous creatures in New York? Were you scared or more fascinated? Either way, we hope you kept your distance! We’d love to hear about your encounters in the comments section below, and to see your snake pics!

Learn more about wildlife and conservation in New York by going to the official Department of Environmental Conversation website.

If you’re looking for other wildlife adventures in The Empire State, check out these three trails.

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If you want to go hiking in New York, you’re in luck because there are outstanding trails dotted all over the state—from north to south, east to west, and everywhere in between. So lace-up your favorite boots and take a look at some of the following:

 

What are some of the New York State Parks?

New York State Parks are some of the most popular places to enjoy the great outdoors. A few to add to your bucket list include:

 

We’re looking for some unique outdoor adventures in New York.

In a state this size—encompassing an astounding 54,556 square miles—outdoor adventures in New York are numerous. From hiking to biking, boating, rock climbing, camping, fishing, and more, you’re sure to find something that suits your particular al fresco fancy. Another fun outdoor activity is strolling along a boardwalk. Check out these beautiful and peaceful boardwalks located at Turning Point Park, a 275-acre park in the city of Rochester.