NNTRC Snakes

Scientific Name

Agkistrodon contortrix pictigaster

Common Name 

Trans-Pecos Copperhead

Snake

Physical Characteristics

Length, 20-30 in. (51-76 cm). A medium sized stout bodied snake. The ground color of the Trans-Pecos Copperhead is usually a light tan or cream with the dorsal pattern consists of a series of wide darker rusty brown crossbands. The ventral area is boldly marked with mottled dark patches.

Geographic Range (USA, Mexico)

Limited to the Trans-Pecos and Big bend area of Texas

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Habitat:

Arid mountain and canyons

Diet:

Small mammals, birds, frogs, other snakes, and insects

Venom:

Hemorrhagins are the predominant toxins, resulting in tissue damage and edema.

Remarks:

When approached Copperheads will usually remain motionless until agitated. Once provoked they will vibrate their tail and defend themselves if necessary.

This page was last updated on: February 9, 2016