Trans-Pecos Copperhead

Agkistrodon contortrix pictigaster

Trans Pecos Copperhead - Agkistrodon contortrix pictigaster

Range: Texas west of the Pecos river and into northeastern Mexico.

Description: Copperheads range in length from about 18 in. up to 30 in. They get their common name from the tannish copper color on their head. The bodies of Trans-Pecos copperheads are characterized by broad tannish bands over a reddish brown background. Juvenile copperheads have a light yellowish colored tail which they use to lure prey animals within striking range. The tail color fades to a lighter brownish color that matches the rest of the body after about a year of age.

Habitat: Trans-Pecos copperheads prefer to live in dry, rocky canyon areas with minimal vegetation.

Diet:
Wild: Frogs, lizards, and rodents
Zoo: Rodents

Reproduction: Copperheads are ovoviviparous which means that the eggs develop and hatch inside the mother who then gives birth to them. Females give birth to 3-10 babies in the fall.