Scientific name : Agkistrodon contortrix

Family : Viperidae

Native to : North America

Interesting fact : They are the only snakes to have typical hour-glass shaped bands.

Conservation status : Least Concern

Their copper red heads give them their name. Heat-sensing pits between eyes help them strike their prey with accuracy. They release a pungent smelling musk when disturbed. Adapting to moist environments, they prefer rodents as food. Eggs hatch inside the mother before being born. Babies are easily identified with their bright yellow tails.

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