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Published on Jul 4, 2011
Very large Southern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix) near abandoned Depression Era fish camp shack ruins along Trinity River Bottoms. Snake was released unharmed. This particular snake was well over 3 feet long and probably closer to 3 1/2 feet or a little longer. Largest copperhead snake ever recorded was 40 inches long, this particular copperhead is almost that size.
Southern copperheads have a basal coloration of light buff tan to pinkish beige with narrow brown crossbars. This subspecies of copperhead occupies only the easternmost portion of the Dallas Fort Worth area. Most of the metroplex and North Texas is inhabited by a different subspecies, the Broadband Copperhead. Broad banded copperheads are recognizable from the deep reddish brown cross bands that are about as wide dorsally as they are laterally. The tip of the tail is grayish green to turquoise.
The Great Trinity Forest sits on the intergrade zone between the two subspecies and one is likely to see either of the two depending on geographical location. The snake in the video was seen at the extreme limit of the Southern Copperhead's western range.