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Copperhead

Copperhead
Species Name:
Agkistrodon contortrix
Venomous

Common Name:
Copperhead

Species Name:
Agkistrodon contortrix

Venomous

KSNPC status is: Unlisted

Appearance:

Adults typically are around 2' in length. Look for darker "hourglass" crossbands on a lighter brown to rust background.

Notes:

Our most common venomous snake. Eats rodents, lizards, large caterpillars and cicadas. Normally somewhat sluggish. When aggitated they will vibrate tail & strike. Dangerous although bite is rarely fatal. Lives in a variety of terrestrial habitats.

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