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From Missouri Conservationist: May 2003

Baby Copperhead

image of baby copperheadCopperheads are born alive and with fully functional fangs capable of injecting venom. A young copperhead uses its bright yellow tail as a lure to attract small frogs, lizards, cicadas and other prey. A copperhead keeps its yellow tail for one or two years. A good way to identify a copperhead is by the banding on its back. It is the only snake whose banding is shaped like a bow-tie. Although copperheads are found throughout the state, except in the extreme northern portion, there are no recorded deaths attributed to copperhead bites in Missouri.--Cliff White

This Issue's Staff

Editor - Tom Cwynar
Managing Editor - Bryan Hendricks
Art Editor - Dickson Stauffer
Designer - Les Fortenberry
Artist - Dave Besenger
Artist - Mark Raithel
Photographer - Jim Rathert
Photographer - Cliff White
Staff Writer - Jim Low
Staff Writer - Joan McKee
Circulation - Laura Scheuler