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Copperhead

Agkistrodon contortix

Description:

Juvenile copperhead spotted near a small stream in Maryland. The copperhead is a moderately sized, stout-bodied, venomous snake that typically measures 24 to 36 inches in total length. Its head is reddish-brown in color and its body is tan. The copperhead has a wedge-shaped head, sensory pits, and vertically elliptical “cat-like” pupils.Juvenile copperheads have a yellow-tipped tail (seen here), which they may use to attract prey.

Habitat:

In most of North America it favors deciduous forest and mixed woodlands. It is often associated with rock outcroppings and ledges, but is also found in low-lying swampy regions.

Notes:

Although venomous, copperhead venom is not very potent and deaths from copperhead bites are exceedingly rare. Most snake bites occur when someone tries to kill or harass a snake, so the best way to avoid a bite is to leave any snake you find alone.

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1 Comment

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 5 years ago

Cute little fellow! Very informative description!

marylou.wildlife
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marylou.wildlife

Maryland, USA

Spotted on Jun 29, 2015
Submitted on Jul 13, 2015

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