Is this a copperhead? Corn snake?

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Is this a copperhead? Corn snake?

Post #1 by Bill Bryan » June 1st, 2014, 9:55 am

I thought he was a copperhead, but now I realize his head is the wrong shape entirely. A copperhead has a triangular shaped head.

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Re: Is this a copperhead? Corn snake?

Post #2 by optimusprime » June 1st, 2014, 11:26 pm

Living up in ENC, you don't forget what a copperhead looks like:
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The triangle head gives it away every time.

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Re: Is this a copperhead? Corn snake?

Post #3 by 7rob7 » June 1st, 2014, 11:36 pm

Yes, indeed. All venomous snakes in the US -- other than the coral snake -- all have triangular heads, since they keep their poison glands in their cheeks where it's handy. Easy to spot if you aren't too rattled by the initial meet-up with the snake in the first place.

I was tromping through a rough-cleared field one day with my scout troop and happened to look down just before I'da stomped on a coiled copperhead. I froze; processed the information; then yelled out to the others that I'd found a copperhead. They all came running over, and the senior scout caught him and put him in a jar, and turned him in to his biology teacher for extra credit.

I can't remember when exactly it was I finally lowered my leg and put my foot on the ground, but I do know it was a while after the snake was in the jar.

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Re: Is this a copperhead? Corn snake?

Post #4 by The Oracle » June 4th, 2014, 6:50 am

There's lots of snakes around. They've obviously had a good winter. If I recall correctly: the corn snake makes a good pet.

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Re: Is this a copperhead? Corn snake?

Post #5 by Bill Bryan » July 9th, 2014, 2:44 pm

I like the snakes I see. Haven't found any venomous ones yet on the Greenway.

This one is (I think) a baby Rough Green Snake (Opheodrys aestivus). He's quite long for his girth. If you click to see it full size, you'll see his tail almost touches the bottom left of the photo.

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Re: Is this a copperhead? Corn snake?

Post #6 by skeptical » June 26th, 2015, 11:57 pm

Foggy wrote:I thought he was a copperhead, but now I realize his head is the wrong shape entirely. A copperhead has a triangular shaped head.

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I think this is a corn snake. The one posted by OP is a copperhead.

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Re: Is this a copperhead? Corn snake?

Post #7 by skeptical » June 28th, 2015, 9:53 pm

But I would have gladly killed both of them.


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