Northern Copperhead - (Agkistrodon Contortrix Mokasen)


The Northern Copperhead (Agkistrodon Contortrix Mokasen) is considered venomous and dangerous to humans but somewhat sluggish normally with a docile temperament this species would rather run than attack. Backing a Northen Copperhead into a corner is never advised as a perceived threat will result in striking despite its docile temperament.

Copperheads exist throughout the state in rocky, wooded areas and reach an average size of 2 feet and they rarely exceed 3 feet in length. The color is a rich, reddish brown with a series of darker hourglass markings down its back. The bright copper-colored head, pinkish belly, single anal plate, keeled scales, and facial pit help identify copperheads. The Copperhead feeds on a diet of small rodents and other warm-blooded prey. Some have been known to snack on aquatic animals and insects as well. Approximately 3-15 young which are 8-9 inches in length are produced annually.


A common myth associated with Northern Copperheads is their ability to interbreed with "black snakes" this, however, is not the case and purely a myth. A Copperhead bite will usually result in you beginning to feel the effects within 15 minutes or less. The area around the bite will swell rapidly and become increasingly painful and blood-filled blisters are likely to occur. While the bite is not likely to be lethal immediate medical attention should be sought as allergic reactions can occur and may prove fatal. Your recovery time will vary with some effects such as soreness often lasting in excess of a month.

Due to the Copperhead being a venomous snake we'd rate this one as a no go for most pet owners.


Additional Info

This Pit Viper is easily identifiable due to its pits, bands, arrow-shaped head, and narrowed eyes.

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