Copperhead

Agkistrodon contortrix ssp.

Southern Copperhead

Southern Copperhead (A. c. contortrix) from Grimes County, Texas

The Copperhead is probably the most common venomous snakes in the Brazos Valley.  It is generally found in wooded areas, but can be found within the cities.  Copperheads are not particularly aggressive snakes and will usually rely on their cryptic pattern to prevent them from being discovered.

They are dangerous snakes and should not be handled or disturbed.  While Copperhead bites are almost never fatal, a bite by a copperhead should be treated as a medical emergency.

Unfortunately, many other species of snakes in our area are unnecessarily killed due to the mistaken belief that they are Copperheads.

Southern Copperhead among leaves

Southern Copperhead sitting among dead leaves (Sabine County, Texas).
Notice how cryptic the snake is among the fallen leaves and pine needles.

Broad-banded Copperhead

Broad-banded Copperhead (A. c. laticinctus) from Palo Pinto County, Texas.
The influence of these broad banded snakes is seen in the pattern of snakes from the western parts of the Brazos Valley.