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Agkistrodon contortrix

Animal Class: Reptiles

Length: Adults are usually in the range of 24 to 36 inches in length, although specimens of greater than 42 inches are not rare

Diet: Wild: Copperheads eat small rodents, birds, lizards, snakes, amphibians, and insects.

Habitat: Copperheads can be found in most all habitats, although they often prefer to be near streams and other waterways. They may be found on hilltops or lowlands.

The Copperhead is the most common venomous snake found in the eastern US. Copperheads are usually colorful and strikingly patterned snakes. They derive their name from the copper-like coloring of the head. The background color of the back and sides is tan to pinkish. There are darker, chestnut colored bands across the back and sides. Each band is of varying width, often described as hourglass shaped. Newborn Copperheads are colored and patterned like adults, accepting the last inch of so of the tail which will be a bright, sulfur yellow color. Copperheads are venomous, pit vipers. Copperheads account for more cases of venomous snake bite than any of our other species. Fortunately, their venom is the least toxic of our species. Bites from Copperheads are very seldom fatal; however, a bite may still produce serious consequences.

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