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