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KarenL 10 years ago

The copperhead despite its fearsome reputation, is generally non-aggressive and its bite though painful, is extremely rarely fatal. In fact, it often employs a "warning bite" when stepped on or agitated, injecting a small amount of venom, if any at all. Most recorded incidents of copperhead bites involve males between the ages of 16 and 25, who have been bitten whilst attempting to handle the snake. Unsurprisingly, alcohol consumption is often a factor in these incidents. Whilst anti-venom is available, it is rarely needed as the effects of a copperhead bite are usually short term, although of course, medical treatment should be sought.

Copperheads play an important role as top-level predators of rodents, and may also offer hope to cancer patients as their venom contains a protein called "contortrostatin" that is being researched for its potential to treat the disease in humans.

NeilDazet 11 years ago

Awesome series!

textless 11 years ago

Stunning series... and quite a snake!

ceherzog 11 years ago

Wonderful's great to have a herpetologist aboard!

Art3 11 years ago

Great shot, my favorite reptile after the Gaboon Viper.

LisaPowers 11 years ago

They are truly beautiful animals!

KarenL 11 years ago

Beautiful shots & what amazing eyes!

alicelongmartin 11 years ago

EEK! and where were you in proximity?. Love your series!

Wild Things
Wild Things 11 years ago

Lovely shots, pretty eyes.

Ismael Chaves
Ismael Chaves 11 years ago

First photo is stunning, Great find

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Athens, Alabama, USA

Spotted on Sep 19, 2011
Submitted on Oct 6, 2011

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