Northern Copperheadand Intergrade
Agkistrodon contortrix mokasenandAgkistrodon c. contortrix X mokasen
Photo of Northern Copperhead courtesy of Linh Phu
Photo of camouflaged Northern Copperhead courtesy of William Harbold
This is a snake of forests, old fields, swamps, dry sandy ridges adjacent to swamps, and agricultural fields adjacent to forests.
A relatively uncommon species on the coastal plain, but fairly common in forested rock outcrops of central and western Maryland. Their cryptic coloration makes them very hard to discern, even when you are looking right at them. Warning: this species is venomous! Do not attempt to capture. They will readily bite if provoked, and bites are extremely painful. Seek medical attention immediately if bitten.
Photo of Habitat for Northern Copperheadcourtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
The northern copperhead is found statewide while the intergrade is found on the lower Eastern Shore.
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