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Copperhead

Agkistrodon contortrix

Description:

At first we thought this may have been a Timber Rattlesnake (yellow stage) but it is more likely a Copperhead.

Habitat:

Found at the overlook at the summit of the Sunset Rocks trail in Michaux State Forest. (south central Pennsylvania)

Notes:

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.

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Copperhead
Agksitrodon contortrix


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4 Comments

RichSchiffer
RichSchiffer 9 years ago

Thanks for your help!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

I'm with the other two gentlemen. Northern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen)

http://www.paherps.com/herps/snakes/copp...

Liam
Liam 9 years ago

I agree with Neil, a Copperhead.

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 9 years ago

Hey Rich! I think this is a Copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix. Check out this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agkistrodon...

Nice spotting!

RichSchiffer
Spotted by
RichSchiffer

Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Jun 18, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012

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