A copperhead snake by Bruce Hallman (USFWS)


Where are they from?

Copperheads are found from the mid to eastern United States. They are found all throughout Kentucky.

What do they eat?

Copperheads eat small rodents, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. They bite their prey and wait for their venom to immobilize it, then eat it.

How do they act?

When threatened, they vibrate their tail as a warning. Their camouflage is their main defense, though they will bite if needed. They give live birth, called viviparity, to seven or eight offspring at a time.

Are they endangered?

They are listed as “Least Concern” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

Reptile Report!

Copperheads are part of a group of snakes called pit vipers. These snakes have specialized sensors on either side of their nose that they use to detect heat. This allows them to strike accurately by being able to sense where their prey is in relation to their heads.