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What does a copperhead look like?

June 28, 2004

The Northern copperhead is a rich, reddish brown with a series of darker hourglass markings down its back. The head is usually bright copper and the belly is pinkish. The snake is rarely longer than 3 feet.

The Northern copperhead is the only Maryland snake that has dark dorsal markings that are narrow on the back and broad on the sides.

Copperheads exist throughout the state in remote rocky, wooded areas where they feed on small rodents and other warm-blooded prey. Occasionally, they will feed on aquatic animals. Females give birth to approximately 12 live young, which are 8 to 10 inches long.

- Source: Maryland Department of Natural Resources, www.dnr.state.md.us

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