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This photograph revealed a detailed view of a juvenile, venomous, southern copperhead snake's, Agkistrodon contortrix, skin surface, which was found coiled in a Decatur, Georgia basement.

The image offers an excellent view of the juvenile coloration of the distal tail tip, which is a bright yellow, disappearing when the snake reaches its adult status. The 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 from an anterolateral perspective in PHIL 10843, 10848, and 10849.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ James Gathany
Creation Date:2008
Photo Credit:James Gathany
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