Eastern Copperhead   

Agkistrodon contortrix 
 

VENOMOUS

Commonly Confused Native Species:

 

IDENTIFICATION

 

Size:                  A medium sized snake measuring 23 to 37 inches in

                           length.     

 

Color:                Distinct hourglass pattern of brownish orange on a

                           copper-brown background. The venter is pinkish-tan with

                           black blotches. There is a distinct heat sensitive pit on

                           each side of the triangular head between the nostril and

                           eye.  Keeled scales.  Young individuals have bright

                           yellow tails.            

 

Behavior:         Typically remains motionless relying on its cryptic

                           coloration to avoid detection. Never handle venomous

                           species. 

 

Habitat:             Basalt ridge systems (trap-rock) and associated

                            surrounding habitats including woodlands, fields and

                            wetlands.        

 

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