Copperhead snake

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Copperhead snake
Camouflaging copperhead snake

The copperhead snake, or Agkistrodon contortrix, is a species of venomous snake that inhabits mainly in the eastern coast of North America and the Mississippi drainage. They're common, or at least compared to other snakes, and compared to others they're more prone to bite if the slightest feeling of being threatened is what the snake is feeling. They're medium sized, one of the longest ones ever recorded measuring a little more than four feet long. The copperhead is venomous, but its venom is rarely fatal to humans.

Diet and Predators[change | change source]

Its diet consists mainly of rodents, especially mice, but sometimes birds, other reptiles, even snakes, and amphibians. They also feed on some insects, a lot of times cicadas, because of their size that'll fill a copperhead up. Maybe not as much as some of the other meals mentioned, but still a crunchy snack with nutritional value. Although they do eat other animals, they're not exactly the apex predator around their habitat, so they do have a few natural predators, such as kingsnakes and water moccasins, also known as cottonmouths (which are both other species of snake), bullfrogs, large birds of prey, coyotes, alligators, and a couple other predators.