Caught on Camera: A curious spot for a copperhead

By Tom Venesky - [email protected]

Martin Husovich photographed this copperhead earlier this month in the parking lot at Glen Onoko. Husovich said there was a light rain falling and he was surprised to see the snake out in such conditions. He said the snake acted sluggish, likely due to the cool, wet weather, and remained still as he snapped photos from a safe distance.

Copperheads are one of two venomous snakes in the area — the other being the timber rattlesnake. A third venomous species, the Eastern Massasauga, is found in the western part of the state.

The coloration of a copperhead is often confused with a water snake or milk snake, but they can be differentiated by the aptly named copper-colored head and vertical rather than round pupils.

By Tom Venesky

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