Get information about some of West Virginia's most notable animals. Learn more about managing issues associated with wildlife as well.Browse the West Virginia Wildlife Guide
WVU Extension specialists and agents are knowledgeable about wildlife species and how to identify different animals, as well as management practices useful to property owners and residents.
Avoiding Snake Encounters
Of the roughly 20 species of snakes found in West Virginia, only two species are venomous: the Timber Rattlesnake and the Northern Copperhead.
The eastern gray squirrel and eastern fox squirrel are common small game species found throughout West Virginia. The red squirrel is most commonly found within the more coniferous forests in the eastern portion of the state.