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Northern/Southern Copperhead

Northern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen)
Southern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix)


Northern Copperhead
Found in Cobb County, Ga


The Northern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen) and the Southern Copperheads (Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix) are medium size venomous snakes. The Northern copperhead has dark brown hour glass shaped markings on its back with a lighter brown background. They will usually have blotches between each marking that is usually dark brown. Also the hour glass markings will be connected. The Southern copperhead is a lot lighter and the hourglasses will be broken up and with no spots in between each marking. In Georgia most copperheads found are intergrades between the two species. The average length for both subspecies is 2ft to 3ft long. The Northern copperhead’s maximum length was just over 5ft at 63in. The Southern copperhead's maximum length was