Southern Copperhead

There are some very preliminary medical studies that have shown that copperhead venom may halt the growth of cancer cells in mice.

Southern Copperhead

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

Interesting Facts:

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.

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