Copperhead

Agkistrodon contortrix

Description 4

VENOMOUS. Keeled scales, broad head on a narrow neck, and vertical slit pupils. Stocky tan body with dark brown crossbands in an hourglass shape, appear triangular from the side. The crossbands fade to a lighter shade of brown in the center and darker on the edges. Generally 24 to 36 inches (61-91cm). (J. R. Dixon and J. E. Werler, Texas Snakes: A Field Guide, University of Texas Press, 2000.)

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More Info

iNat Map

Type venomous
Scales keeled
Defining features hourglass markings, pit
Pupils vertical slit
Colors brown, tan
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