The Identification of the Southern Copperhead

The Identification of the Southern Copperhead

This snake is not in Jacksonville, but technically it still is in Florida (more up north going into Georgia). The Copperhead’s venom is not as potent as some of the other venomous snakes in Florida, and a bite is usually not life-threatening, but it can still be a painful experience. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of a Copperhead  is: camouflage and leaf litter. Copperheads have a “blotchy” pattern that is colored with brown and a lighter shade of brown, and sometimes it may even appear “yellowish” . Copperheads know they have excellent camouflage and they’re not going to let it go to waste. Copperheads will be “hiding” in patches of dead leaves and sticks, where they blend in the best. Copperheads are not just limited to forests and dead leaves: they also favor man-made debris, like roofing tin and plywood.

There is a good image of a Copperhead at greglasley.com

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