NNTRC Snakes

Scientific Name

Agkistrodon contortrix phaeogaster

Common Name 

Osage Copperhead


Physical Characteristics

Average length, 2–3 feet (61-91 cm). A medium bodied snake. Colors may vary but are for the most part brown or tan.

Geographic Range (Latin America)

Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas

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This type of Copperhead prefers to live on rocky hillsides and along forest edges. They can also be found on farmland property or even on trees at time


Preys on mice, lizards, frogs, small birds, insects and on occasions even small snakes




They’re not aggressive, but will attack when threatened. They also like to blend in with the ground, and most often are stepped on before they strike.

This page was last updated on: February 11, 2016