In all of my time outdoors, I had never seen a venomous snake in the wild in North America, until today! I would have been excited to see any snake today, but was thrilled to see a copperhead. We
Found him on the road with a few inches of his head and neck in the front lawn of a house. So I caught him and released him a few hundred yards away in a less populated area.
Agkistrodon contortrix is a species of venomous snake endemic to North America, a member of the Crotalinae (pit viper) subfamily. The common name for the species is the copperhead. The behavior of Agkistrodon contortrix may lead to accidental encounters with humans. Five subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.