There are only 14 species of snakes native to the Commonwealth, and it is not difficult to learn to identify them. Many are quite small as adults, and even the larger species are typically only 3 – 5 feet in length. Some are common and well distributed, while others are endangered and found only in very limited areas (including our two venomous species). Some lay eggs; others give birth to live young. Young snakes are entirely independent at birth; snakes do not protect/defend their young or their mates.