Monnie Ryan, this one’s for you since you said you love snakes. You wouldn’t want to pet this one! Copperhead snake shot through glass in the reptile house at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park in Homosassa, Florida.
Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, Canon 55-250 lens at 65 mm
From Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park:
Scientific Name: Agkistrodon contortrix
The Copperhead is a moderately sized snake with copper colored blotches on a tannish background. It is found throughout hilly areas across the Eastern U.S. They are only found in the extreme northern counties of Florida along the Georgia border. Their bites are extremely painful however, there are no documented deaths from a Copperhead bite in Florida. Copperheads will often den with Timber Rattlesnakes. They prey on rodents, lizards and insects … especially cicadas. They are inoffensive snakes and are often trod upon.