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Many snake species, including the Southern copperhead, den up in the winter to avoid the cold temperatures. In many cases, a den provides refuge for a large number of snakes. In spring, the snakes emerge and disperse to lead their solitary lives as predators during warmer weather.

Did You Know?

A ground-dwelling snake, the Northern copperhead is difficult to spot amongst a blanket of fallen leaves.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Agkistrodon contortrix contortix

Central and Eastern United States

Woodlands and rocky hillsides

Up to 4.5 ft

Zoo Location:
Manatee Springs

Small mammals, birds, frogs, and insects