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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-20-2002, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Copperhead

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Description 22-53" (55.9-134.6 cm). Stout-bodied; copper, orange, or pink-tinged, with bold chestnut or reddish-brown crossbands constricted on midline of back. Top of head unmarked. Facial pit between eye and nostril. Scales weakly keeled, in 23-25 rows. Anal plate single.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-22-2004, 11:53 AM
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Just to illustrate, belatedly I will admit:

A broad-banded copperhead. Note the yellow tail tip. All baby copperheads have it, and it fades out when they get to about a year old.


A momma broad-banded with babies. Notice how much darker they are.


A trans-pecos, they often look much like the broad-bandeds, but the easy way to tell them apart is their amazingly patterned bellies. Which isn't so easy to get a picture of.


An osage copperhead, much lighter in color, more like hour glasses in the pattern instead of thick bands.


A northern copperhead, lighter coloring with very different saddling/banding.

Unfortunately, I haven't taken any pictures of southerns.

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Unfortunately, I haven't taken any pictures of southerns.

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Why not? They're the most fun.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-25-2004, 03:46 PM
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Ok, to round out the set... a southern copperhead:


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