Acquired: Bred animal myself,
Posted Feb 20, 2013
The Southern Copperhead is a common venomous snake located in the Southeastern United States. This snake is beautiful but it should only be kept and handled by experts. Not many deaths have ever occurred from this snake though its bite can make a person very sick.
Male copperheads are larger than females. Most copperheads will be 20 to 37 inches. As you can see in the photo this snake can hide easily especially out in the forest and if your not real careful you can step on one before you know it.
In the wild the copperhead is an ambush predator. It sets up some where and waits for prey to walk by close enough for the snake to strike the prey and grab it. The snake then swallows its prey and has a meal.
Copperheads really do try to avoid humans. Most people see them while walking in the woods. If your in an area where the snakes occur you should watch the ground carefully so that you don't accidentally step on one. They will most often stay perfectly still and will only strike if they are touched or stepped on.
Copperheads do well in captivity but they should only be kept by experts. They can at times be ill tempered and no hot snake should be kept by anyone but an expert snake handler with years of experience.