Identification and Tips: In past at Lacawac there have been a few reports of venomous snakes being on the property. While all recent snake reports have been nonvenomous, there may still be venomous snakes living in the forest. One quick way to tell a venomous snake from a nonvenomous snake in the northeastern United States is by the shape of its head. A flat, wide, arrow shape often indicates a venomous snake. If venomous, its eyes will appear vertical, like a cat's eye. A snake’s head that is narrow and more rounded, is most likely nonvenomous. Its eyes should appear rounded, like a humans pupil. The best way to stay safe when encountering a snake is keep your distance while observing there awesome reptiles!