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At first we thought this may have been a Timber Rattlesnake (yellow stage) but it is more likely a Copperhead.
Found at the overlook at the summit of the Sunset Rocks trail in Michaux State Forest. (south central Pennsylvania)
This specimen was spotted by my 8 yr old son, as we were taking in a breathtaking view on a rocky overlook. The markings make for perfect camouflage as it lay coiled on a bed of dried leaves. It remained coiled and motionless the entire time we observed it, without so much as a flick of its tongue. After about 5 minutes, we decided to let it sleep undisturbed, and continued our hike.
Spotted on Jun 18, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012