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    Copperhead Identification?

    I was riding at LB Houston (Dallas) and happened upon the beheaded snake below.

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    Is/was that a copperhead?
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    does not look like it to me.
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    This guy is a Texas copperhead. Also identifiable by green on the end of the tail.

    Not sure what that fellow was, probably a harmless rat snake that keeps rodent population down.

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    Actually looks a little like this Boa Constrictor.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Not sure what that fellow was, probably a harmless rat snake that keeps rodent population down.
    I'm guessing the people who killed the snake thought that it was a copperhead. I thought that it might be a copperhead based on the below picture at the Wikipedia copperhead entry.

    Copperhead Identification?-800px-americancopperhead.jpg

    There's a spot about 20 feet from the photo where people fish and a lot of them appear to fish for the food. And the funny thing is with the size of the dead snake, it was probably equivalent to several good catches.
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    Dummies, snake is better than fish anyways!

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    Copperheads have hour glass shaped markings and only have green tail tips when they are very young. They also can be very dark brown, very light brown, or a bright copper color. Its crazy how well they can blend in with leaf litter.

    They are territorial but pretty docile.
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.

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    Thanks for the tip. The hour-glass markings make for easier and consistent identification.

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    Pretty easy to confuse with a harmless banded water snake, which eat fish and and small amphibians.
    He/she who works the trails does so in their own image.

    Speed just slows me down...

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    Another interesting note regarding Copperheads is they frequently can be recognized by their strong, musty odor. I don't know of any other snake that exhibits an odor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleared2land View Post
    Another interesting note regarding Copperheads is they frequently can be recognized by their strong, musty odor. I don't know of any other snake that exhibits an odor.
    I hope the odor is either very strong or that I'm never close enough to confirm that odor!

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    It seems to me when they are young/small they are just a light brown color - you may not make out the markings.

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