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Osage copperhead - Agkistrodon contortrix

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  • VENOMOUS

  • 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
 

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  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.
 
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