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How to Identify a Baby Copperhead Snake with Pictures

Baby copperhead snakes are venomous pit vipers that are native to the eastern and central regions of North America. They have distinctive copper-colored bodies with hourglass-shaped bands and yellow or green tail tips. Baby copperheads can pose a threat to humans and pets if they feel threatened, so it is important to know how to identify them and avoid them. Here are some tips on how to identify a baby copperhead snake with pictures.

Baby Copperhead Features

Light green or yellow tail: This is the one physical trait that sets baby copperheads apart from adult copperheads. Until around 3 or 4 years of age, the tip of the baby copperheadâs tail will be a light shade of yellow or green, which they use to lure prey. [1]

7 to 9 inches (18 to 23 cm) long: Fully grown adults will be around 60 to 90 cm (24 to 36 in) in length. [2]

Triangular, spear-shaped head: The spear-shaped head is a distinct feature of venomous snakes due to the placement of the large venom glands in their mouths. The head itself is wider than the neck and is the same coppery color as the rest of its body. [3]

Hourglass-shaped pattern: The brown or reddish-brown bands running down the copperheadâs back is one of its most distinct features that sets it apart from other snake species. The bands are wider on the top and bottom and narrower in the middle, making them look like hourglasses. [4] The scales of the copperhead are keeled, meaning that each scale has a raised ridge. [5]

Narrow, vertical pupils: The pupil of the copperhead is similar to a catâs in that it is vertical and elliptical-shaped. The copperheadâs irises are a pale gold color while the pupils are dark. [6]

Heat-sensory pits: These are located on each side of the copperheadâs head between the eyes and nostrils. This is another common trait of pit vipers, and they use these pits to sense the heat of their prey so that they can accurately strike. [7]

Differences from Other Snake Species

Baby copperheads can be confused with other snake species that have similar patterns or colors, such as corn snakes, rat snakes, king snakes, water snakes, and milk snakes. However, there are some key differences that can help you tell them apart:

Corn snakes: Corn snakes have red or orange blotches on their backs that are separated by black borders. They also have black and white checkered bellies and round pupils. Corn snakes are harmless and beneficial to humans as they prey on rodents.

Rat snakes: Rat snakes have blotches or stripes on their backs that vary in color from black, gray, brown, yellow, or red. They also have round pupils and smooth scales. Rat snakes are nonvenomous and feed on rodents, birds, eggs, and frogs.

King snakes: King snakes have bands or rings on their bodies that are black, white, red, or yellow. They also have smooth scales and round pupils. King snakes are nonvenomous and immune to venomous snake bites. They prey on other snakes, including copperheads.

Water snakes: Water snakes have blotches or bands on their backs that are brown, gray, or reddish. They also have keeled scales and round pupils. Water snakes are nonvenomous but can be aggressive when disturbed. They live near water sources and feed on fish, frogs, and crayfish.

Milk snakes: Milk snakes have bands or rings on their bodies that are red, black, and white or yellow. They also have smooth scales and round pupils. Milk snakes are nonvenomous and feed on rodents, lizards, birds, eggs, and insects.

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