Common copperhead - the snake of our forests

Common copperhead - the snake of our forests
Common copperhead - the snake of our forests
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The common copperhead is a small snake that lives in the European and Asian territories of Russia. Unfortunately, in recent years, the number of these reptiles has been declining everywhere. This is due to the destruction of natural habitats. Copperheads are also often exterminated, confusing them with poisonous snakes.

The common copperhead reaches no more than 70 centimeters in length, while the tail is 5-6 times shorter than the body.

verdigris vulgaris

The head of the reptile is flattened, the separation from the body is weakly expressed. The pupil of the eye is round and red. The maxillary shield stands out strongly in comparison with the internasal shield. The color of the common copperhead varies depending on the habitat and can be copper with a red tint, yellow or almost red. On the back along the entire length of the body there are two rows of large, weakly expressed spots. There are dark stripes from the nostrils to the mouth. The tail has a color that is different from the body color of the snake. The scales on the back are shiny, diamond-shaped or hexagonal in shape. Males have a reddish body, and females are brown. The habitual habitat for copperfish is the forests of central Russia. They can be found at the edge of a coniferous, mixed or deciduous forest.

copper snake photo

The favorite places of copperhead snakes are goodsun-warmed clearings and undergrowth grass. In meadows and open areas, these snakes are extremely rare, as they avoid such places. In the mountainous regions of the Caucasus, this snake can also be found, where they live on rocky mountain slopes. The burrows of rodents and lizards are used as dwellings for copperheads. They can be found in natural voids under rocks and trees. Cracks in rocks and rocks can also serve as an excellent home for a snake. The reptile has a particularly wide distribution in the Caucasus, you can see 5-6 individuals per kilometer traveled through the forest, and in the middle lane you may not meet a single representative of this species.

An active lifestyle of a snake called "common verdigris" leads from early April to September. Sometimes reptiles can be found in early October. When a danger of a copperhead snake is detected, the photo is n

copperhead photo

renders, curls up into a ball, hides his head in the middle of the ball. In this form, with aggressive actions towards her, she reacts with even more squeezing into a ball and hissing. Also, the snake can rush towards the enemy. Mating begins in early spring, extremely rarely in late autumn. The common copperhead is a viviparous reptile, that is, the cubs hatch from the eggs at the time they are laid by the female. The number of serpents born can range from two to fifteen pieces. Cubs hatch from late August to early September. The length of young snakes reaches approximately 14 centimeters.

The copperfish is fed, the photo of which is given above,mainly lizards, small rodents, frogs, insects, and also does not disdain small mammals. The number of snakes is constantly decreasing. In Belarus, it has already been included in the Red Book. And the Berne Convention spells out the protection of this endangered species of snake.

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