NNTRC Snakes

Scientific Name

Agkistrodon contortrix laticinctus      

Common Name 

Broad-Banded Copperhead        

Snake

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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Habitat:

Associated with wooded areas

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