Photo of Eastern Copperhead courtesy of Linh Phu
Photo of camouflaged Eastern Copperhead courtesy of William Harbold
Juvenile Copperhead by Andrew Hoffman, Flickr CC by NC 2.0. Note: yellow tail.
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 Eastern Copperheadcourtesy of Rebecca Chalmers
Eastern Copperheads are found throughout Maryland with the exception of several counties on the Eastern Shore.
580 Taylor Ave., Annapolis MD 21401
Call toll-free in *Maryland* at 1-877-620-8DNR (8367)
Out of State: 410-260-8DNR (8367)