Agkistrodon contortrix


Photograph by Nicholas Plummer.

Photography contest, Honorable Mention.


Agkistrodon contortrix – juvenile copperhead snake.


My mother told of walking on a wooded path beside a quarry near her home in Easton, Pennsylvania, and looking down. To her horror a copperhead was sleeping on a flat rock directly between her two feet! She tiptoed away. This would have been during her childhood in the 1920s.

I also saw a really big copperhead when walking with a friend on the street in his wooded suburban neighborhood in Durham, North Carolina. It was lying in the middle of the road. We gave it a wide berth

Nothing but a snake in the (sparse) grass.

And one who’d likely take that as a compliment.

Glen Davidson

Either he (and it is a “he”) hasn’t moulted for a while or juveniles are not as bright a coppery red. They’re pretty right after moulting.

I killed two copperheads in Pennsylvania in the 1960s. One was sunning in the road in a campground, and the other was sunning on a rock in a river marina. But I’ve seen several others in the wild and not bothered them.

What a cutie!

I have noticed that copperheads get very anxious. They finally seem to lose their defensive posture and try to flee in what ever direction they are facing. As stupid people bothering the snake are the direction they are logically facing, their behavior is called “aggression.” I have stood still, and let them crawl over my foot.

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