Perhaps no other venomous snake in North America is more widely confused than the copperhead. The copperhead actually has three different subspecies throughout North America. These subspecies are all quite similar, and all venomous. The copperhead snake is also the most common snakebite in North America among the dangerous snakes. This fascinating reptile is not the evil serpent people think.
How Dangerous is The Copperhead
The copperhead has venom that is roughly half the toxicity of a rattlesnake. Additionally, the copperhead also has relatively small fangs and delivers a much smaller amount of venom. Because of these factors, the copperhead often is a much less serious snake bite than that of the cottonmouth or rattlesnake. Still, as with any snake bite, it is considered a medical emergency and can be extremely dangerous. The copperhead is not a ready biter, but will bite if it feels threatened. Often, people accidentally step on them due to their fantastic talent of blending with their surroundings. The vast number of a copperhead bite victims never see the snake.
Where Do You Find The Copperhead
The copperhead is found throughout the United States and is the most widely distributed venomous snake in the country. They like to hang out in brush, under leaves, and anywhere that they can find a meal. They are also the most likely venomous snake to encounter around your home. The copperhead is very adaptive in this way.
What Does The Copperhead Look Like and How Big Do They Get?
A copperhead snake will generally grow to a maximum of about three feet. They all have copper colored heads, and have a ground color of pink, brown, or even tan depending on the subspecies. They have triangular shaped heads, and the trademark facial pits that pit vipers are known for. They also have markings that are smaller around the spine and widen as they go towards the underside of the snake. These markings are darker than the ground color of the copperhead.
What Does The Copperhead Eat?
The copperhead eats small rodents, vermin and anything else they can capture. They have been known to kill and eat lizards and other similar types of prey as well.