Stay on the trail... or... if you do go off, like I did, be sure to watch where you step! I nearly stepped on this lovely snake.
As any good naturalist would, I poked it with my net, and it high-tailed it outta there.
Fun to feel my heart stop for a second! :)
AOR sub-adult female on Ranch Country Drive, La Vernia, Wilson Co., Texas. Collected by Cam Posey. Retained in captivity.
Local name = Copperhead. Coords. are for the map marker.
Agkistrodon contortrix is a species of venomous snake endemic to North America, a member of the Crotalinae (pit viper) subfamily. The common name for the species is the copperhead. The behavior of Agkistrodon contortrix may lead to accidental encounters with humans. Five subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.