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Osage Copperhead

Agkistrodon contortrix phaeogaster

Description:

Large venomous snake with a coppery color body and hour-glass shaped bands. Juveniles have a greenish-yellow tail. This is used as a lure to capture food.

Habitat:

woodlands

Notes:

This particular juvenile snake bit a gentleman at a local shooting range. The man attempted to capture the snake when he was bit. He spent three days in the hospital recovering and had to have several vials of antivenin. My office (MDC) retrieved the snake and handed it over to me and I released it in an area with few people where other copperheads live.

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1 Comment

JackieHolmesBurns
JackieHolmesBurns 9 years ago

Glad no one killed it! Copperheads are one of my favorite snakes

ShellyCox
Spotted by
ShellyCox

Agency, Missouri, USA

Spotted on Sep 22, 2011
Submitted on Jul 22, 2012

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