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Agkistrodon contortrix laticinctus - Broad-banded Copperhead

Agkistrodon contortrix laticinctus - Broad-banded Copperhead - snake species | gveli | გველი

Agkistrodon contortrix laticinctus - Broad-banded Copperhead

Description
The Broad-banded Copperhead is light tan with broad reddish-brown or copper bands with a very thin white border. The number of bands varies from 10 to 17. It has a large head and hinged fangs that spring out when striking at prey or in defence. Young are usually much lighter in color with greenish yellow tips to their tails.

Size
length 50cm - 75cm

Environment
forest, woodland, where it may be found amongst the cover of fallen branches, dried leaves, pine needles

Food
small rodents, ground birds, lizards, large insects, frogs and other small snakes

Breeding
live bearing with litters from three to ten young. The newborn snakes are left to fend for themselves and have fully developed senses and venom.

Range
central Texas, Oklahoma to south Kansas.

Notes
Bites to humans are very uncommon. Symptoms of bites include intense pain, tingling, throbbing, swelling, and severe nausea. Bite can cause muscle damage. Seek immediate medical attention if bitten.

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