There are some very preliminary medical studies that have shown that copperhead venom may halt the growth of cancer cells in mice.
Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix
Distribution: Wooded lowlands of the eastern and southern United States
Diet in the Wild: Small rodents, amphibians, birds, reptiles and larger insects such as cicadas.
Diet at Caldwell Zoo: Mice
IUCN Red List Status: Least concern, population stable
The southern copperhead’s light tan coloration with darker hourglass-shaped crossbands helps it camouflage exceptionally well in leaf litter. This type of camouflage is referred to as cryptic coloration.
Southern copperhead venom is one of the least potent venoms of all the North American snake species. However, all venomous snakebites should be taken seriously and medical attention should be sought if bitten.