NNTRC Snakes

Scientific Name

Agkistrodon contortrix laticinctus      

Common Name 

Broad-Banded Copperhead        


Physical Characteristics

Length, 22-30 in. (56-76 cm). A medium sized stout bodied snake. The ground color of the Broad-Banded Copperhead is usually a lighter rusty tan or orange with the dorsal pattern consists of a series of wide darker rusty brown crossbands.

Geographic Range (USA)

Extreme southcentral Kansas southward across central Oklahoma to central Texas.

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Associated with wooded areas


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


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


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