ID#: 10843
This 2008 photograph depicted a juvenile, venomous, southern copperhead snake, Agkistrodon contortrix, as it was coiled in a Decatur, Georgia basement. An adult A. contortrix pit viper grows to a length 50cm to 95cm, and is pictured in PHIL 8130, and 10841. The name pit viper is derived from the fact that these snakes possess two heat-sensing organs situated inside a pit on either side of its head, between each ipsilateral eye and nostril, both of which are visible on the right side of this snake’s head from an anterolateral perspective in PHIL 10843, 10848, and 10849. Also note the yellow coloration of the distal tip of its tail (see PHIL 10842, 10846, 10847), which is a characteristic found in juveniles, but not in adults.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ James Gathany
Creation Date: 2008
Photo Credit: James Gathany
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