This 2008 photograph depicted a juvenile venomous Southern copperhead snake, Agkistrodon contortrix, as it was coiled in a Decatur, Georgia basement.
The adult A. contortrix pitviper grows to a length 50cm to 95cm, and is pictured in PHIL 8130 and 10841. This particular view includes all body regions of this specimen, encompassing the yellow distal tail, which disappears when the snake reaches adulthood, as well as the triangular-shaped head. Also, youll note the scalar coloration, consisting of a beige base color, traversed by dark-brown crossbands along its entire length, except for its head and yellow juvenile tail. The name pitviper 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 snakes head from this anterior oblique perspective.