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One of three venomous snakes found in Ohio, the Northern copperhead only bites in defense when directly threatened.  Bites are rarely fatal, though can cause pain and sickness.  A ground-dwelling snake, it is difficult to spot amongst a blanket of fallen leaves so step carefully!

northern copperhead

Did You Know?

In winter, the copperhead dens up- often in large groups - to avoid the cold.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Agkistrodon contorix mokeson

Central and Eastern United States


Up to 4.5 ft

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Small mammals, birds, frogs, and insects