Recently in the news, there was a story about a couple in Michigan who were fishing & kayaking near Brooklyn and came across Michigan's only poisonous snake: a Massasauga Rattlesnake (they took pictures and then let it go - it's against the law to kill these protected snakes).

And that made me wonder: just what other snakes are there in Michigan? Are there others to be careful of or protect?

There are 17 snakes you can find in Michigan: some easy to find, some not-so-easy. They are:

BLACK RAT SNAKE (pictured below)

BLUE RACER (pictured below)

BROWN SNAKE (pictured below)

BUTLER’S GARTER SNAKE

COPPER-BELLIED WATER SNAKE

EASTERN GARTER SNAKE (pictured below)

FOX SNAKE (pictured below)

GREEN SNAKE

HOGNOSE SNAKE (pictured below)

KIRTLAND’S SNAKE (pictured below)

MASSASAUGA RATTLESNAKE (pictured below)

MILK SNAKE (pictured below)

NORTHERN WATER SNAKE (pictured below)

QUEEN SNAKE (pictured below)

RED-BELLIED SNAKE (pictured below)

RIBBON SNAKE (pictured below)

RING-NECKED SNAKE (pictured below)

To see pictures of the Massasauga Rattlesnake that the couple came across in Brooklyn, CLICK HERE.

And to learn more about these snakes, scroll down further and check out some videos!

Learn more about these snakes by scrolling down and checking out the videos below!