Young copperheads are seven to ten inches long and grayer in color than adults. They have a yellow-tipped tail, but this color fades with age.
They have an unmarked copper-colored head, and reddish-brown, coppery bodies with chestnut brown crossbands that constrict towards the midline. A pronounced stripe crosses over the eyes on the head of copperheads
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Average: 2.5 feet
Eastern United States, from the Mississippi river east.
Adults eat mostly mice but also small birds, lizards, small snakes, amphibians, and insects--especially cicadas. Copperheads inject hemotoxic venom which destroys tissue.
Copperheads have a gestation period of 3 to 9 months. They are a live-bearing snake, typically producing two to ten young; larger females produce larger broods. After birth, the female provides no direct care for the young.
Relationship with Humans
Copperheads are responsible for many snake bites in the United States although they are rarely fatal.