Understanding the Northern Copperhead

In the state of Maryland, you can find 27 different species of snakes. Of those twenty-seven species, only two are venomous and a danger to humans if bitten. One of the two species that are more commonly found throughout the state is the Northern Copperhead. As bites from the Northern Copperhead increase in some counties throughout the state, it’s important for humans to understand the animals that surround them every day.

The Northern Copperhead can be found throughout the East Coast in a number of different habitats from dense forests to open fields. The Northern Copperhead is actually one of five subspecies and one of three species of copperheads that can be found in North America. They are, like most snakes, unable to produce their own body heat, so they bask in the sun during the day in order to function. Once the cooler months of the winter arrive, the Copperhead will coil tightly and hibernate. The Northern Copperhead can be found out during moderate temperatures in the fall and spring seasons as well. While the Northern Copperhead has an expanding diet of insects, frogs, mice, and birds, they are not known to attack humans voluntarily. The snake will strike a human if it feels either trapped or threatened. Humans commonly fail to see the snake coiled in the wild because of how easily the snake blends in with its surroundings. It’s important for hikers and campers to be alert for the animal coiled among fallen leaves or twigs while walking. The tanto brown coloring along with the diamond-like pattern of the Northern Copperhead allows the snake to become almost invisible. Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control specializes in the humane removal and control of copperhead snakes, along with the other twenty-six species of snakes found throughout the state of Maryland. We understand how important the Northern Copperhead is to our ecosystem, therefore we use only the most humane removal techniques when dealing with the animal. Our methods are designed to cause the least amount of stress to the animal that we are handling. When a Northern Copperhead is found on your property, never put yourself or the animal in harm’s way. Call the professionals at Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control instead. To get started with us, call us today at 443-417-3137 or visit our online contact page. We are available, so never hesitate to call. Follow Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control today on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

Source: http://www.marylandzoo.org/animals-conservation/reptiles/northern-copperhead/