The copperhead snake is first on our list. This snake is mostly found in these states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, which is really a fairly wide range!
Due to their shape and coloration, copperhead snakes will tend to blend in with their environment and although their venom is not very toxic, the consequences can still be severe if young children or the elderly are the victim of its bite. Step lightly when hiking or enjoying the great outdoors and before you venture further, find out if snakes like the Copperhead are common in the area.
1 – Copperhead
COPPERHEAD (Agkistrodon contortrix). Length usually 2-3 feet. Common where it occurs, the copperhead is probably the most abundant poisonous snake in eastern Kansas. It is most frequently found in the vicinity of rocky ledges in oak-hickory-walnut woods, but it ranges widely, so that individuals may be found in almost any habitat during summer months. Although generally nocturnal during most of its active season, its habit of lying in the open during the daytime among dried leaves in patches of sunlight and shadow causes the pattern to blend perfectly with the background. Any hiker through this habitat should be alert. Because of the rather small size, usually inoffensive disposition, and the low toxicity of its venom this snake should be placed on the nonfatal list for adults. Elderly persons, those in poor health, or small children could find the copperhead bite fatal, however.
The copperhead is not the deadliest, but on the Next Page you'll learn how to identify a vicious snake that can mean death if the victim of its bite doesn't get help immediately!