Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Animals Reptiles & Amphibians

Copperhead


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Agkistrodon contortrix
PROFILE:

Copperheads camouflage well in fallen leaves, where they lie in wait for prey items. They are a venomous snake and are responsible for most of the snakebites in Texas; luckily, bites are rarely fatal. Copperheads are ovoviviparous snakes. This means that the females retain the eggs within their bodies, and the babies hatch just before or at birth, being born in a membranous sac.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Reptile, Squamata (snakes and lizards); venomous
NATIVE TO:
North America; native to Texas
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Least concern; however, listed as endangered in some states throughout its range.
DIET:
Invertebrates, amphibians, and small mammals
LIFESPAN:
Up to 20+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Solitary, but hibernates in groups.
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