Copperheads are identified by their unique coppery color, sturdy and robust in build as shown in above picture. They are light brown with irregular bands with a broad neck. A picture of one is at top of page.
They are commonly found in Eastern America and Northern Mexico; hence they can thrive in different environments such as rocky waterways, canyons, prairies and forests. Copperheads are venomous and they bite. They only attack when provoked so stay away from them.
When you know how copperheads’ main characteristics, you can be able to identify them with ease and safeguard yourself from a possible attack. Here’s the ultimate copperheads’ description:
Copperheads have a coppery color on their head that extends to the rest of the body. They have a wide triangular-shaped head for the wide parts to give space for the snake’s fang and venom glands.
• Pattern and Camouflage
The body pattern of the copperhead resembles the hourglass. The hourglass-shaped chestnuts brown crossbands have the wider ends on the sides and the narrow part crossing on the backside over the tailbone.
When the copperheads are resting, they camouflage by curling up to resemble a pile of fallen leaves to hide from predators such as humans.
The eye pupil shape is unique to identify copperheads and other venomous snakes.
They have a yellow eye with a black vertical elliptically shaped pupil.
The adult copperheads have a length of about 24-36 inches and young ones are 7-10 inches long. The female copperheads grow to a greater length than the male copperheads; however, the males have longer tails. Check out this video clip:
Yes, copperheads do bite. However, they only use this as a defense mechanism to protect themselves from predators such as human beings.
Copperheads are dangerous as they are venomous even though not fatal. Copperheads have toxic venom and when they bite someone, they leave a painful wound as the bite results in tissue destruction. In case you get bitten by a copperhead, get medical assistance immediately to avoid major complications. The elderly and young children can have strong reactions due to the venom as they have compromised immune systems, but in any way, everyone should seek medical assistance in case of an attack.
Can they swim?
How to keep copperheads out of your yard
To protect yourself, your family and your pets, you need to practice the following tips to keep copperheads out of your property.
• Cut and eliminate tall vegetation around your home as the copperheads like hiding behind tall grass and vegetation.
• Use snake repellents around your home to keep them away.
• Eliminate small animals, especially rodents, by use of baits or traps.
• Get rid of rocks and other debris as they find these perfect areas to hide.
Learning about the copperheads is one step to protecting yourself from their attack. As evident from this guide, they only bite when provoked and you may provoke them unknowingly; thus, knowing how they look and their habitats can help protect yourself.
Their bites are not dangerous even though the copperheads are venomous, but you need to seek medical assistance in case of an attack. Avoid visiting areas where they are likely to be found and use the above tips to keep them off your property.