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Behavioral Ecology

Osage copperhead - Agkistrodon contortrix






  • 22-36 inches total length
  • Found in woodlands and brushy meadows near woodlands
  • Active during day when cool, at night when hot
  • Feeds on cicadas, small birds, frogs, toads, lizards, and snakes


  Interesting fact:

  • Hatchling and juvenile copperheads have bright yellow tails, which they wiggle enticingly to draw the attention of potential prey animals that think the tail tip is a juicy worm or caterpillar.