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Agkistrodon contortrix


Copperheads on average are about 30 inches (76 cm) as adults. Their head is copper-colored, and reddish-brown, coppery bodies with chestnut brown crossbands that constrict towards the midline. Copperheads are thick-bodied and have keeled scales. They are pit vipers. The pits are temperature-sensitive organs on each side of the head between the eye and the nostril. Young copperheads are seven to ten inches (18 to 25 cm) long and grayer in color than adults.


Copperheads prefer terrestrial to semi-aquatic habitats, which include rocky-forested hillsides and various wetlands. They have also been known to occupy abandoned and rotting wood or sawdust piles.


This particular copperhead lived under my porch steps Nat Geo

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Joey Howard 10 years ago
Agkistrodon contortrix

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Louisiana, USA

Spotted on Jul 28, 2013
Submitted on Oct 28, 2013

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