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Agkistrodon contortrix


Tan body with dark brown saddles down the back. This is a pretty young one and still has his yellow tail, which they use to stick up in the air and wiggle like a worm to attract lizards, which they then eat.


This is as flipped, he was found under a log on a rainy, cool day. Mostly oak forest.

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AshleyT 9 years ago

Definitely. The other copperhead we found, also flipped under a log, had itself buried in the leaf litter a little bit. My friend was digging through the leaf litter looking for salamanders and brushed his hand over it several times before he uncovered it and saw it. Luckily they aren't aggressive and it was cold so that snake didn't move at all!

dotun55 9 years ago

That's some camouflage. Easy to miss in the brown leaf litter.

The yellow tail detail is perfect and the mimetic patterns of the skin are very nice,this one can skip to a non pro -herper-eye.

AshleyT 9 years ago

Thanks Antonio :)

Awesome Ashley,beautifull capture,great info,congrats and thanks for sharing

AshleyT 9 years ago

Thanks Hema and Tom! But Tom, I'm pretty sure you make me jealous way more than I make you jealous haha

Tom15 9 years ago

Nice one Ashley! Now I'm jealous:-)

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Hema Shah 9 years ago

very interesting information about the tail. Great series too.

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Texas, USA

Spotted on Apr 5, 2014
Submitted on Apr 12, 2014

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