One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of stout-bodied venomous snakes with coppery-pink or reddish-brown coloration.
a North American pit viper (Agkistrodon contortrix, family Viperidae).Also called highland moccasin
an Australian snake of the cobra family (genus Austrelaps, family Elapidae, in particular A. superbus).
- ‘There were water snakes in the bottomland, rattlesnakes wedged between the rocks of wooden areas, and copperheads all over the place - especially in the shade under bushes and tobacco plants.’
- ‘Bites from copperhead snakes, which are common in the eastern United States, seldom require antivenin therapy because they have the least potent venom and a negligible fatality rate.’
- ‘It was diverse dialogue - me with stories about water moccasins, copperheads, and alligators, and Bobby describing the land of no snakes whatsoever.’
- ‘I heard you used to grab rattlesnakes and copperheads by the tail and snap them like a whip to break their necks.’
- ‘The guineas have had to contend with a lot of copperheads and a few garter snakes, which average 8-to 10-inches long.’
- ‘Ooze into the shadows and try not to sit on a copperhead snake or a bed of fire ants.’
- ‘This is the only product that can neutralize toxins from rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads.’
- ‘The copperhead, a venomous snake, is dangerous, but its bite is rarely life-threatening to healthy adult humans.’
- ‘Through my binoculars, I saw the heat-sensing facial pit between the eye and nostril, which identifies the copperhead as a pit viper.’
- ‘He had been raised by humans since birth, so he wasn't trained in basic chimpanzee survival skills or accustomed to the wilds of Oklahoma, where water moccasins and copperheads abounded.’
- ‘Dogs bitten by any of Texas' dangerous snakes, including rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, copperheads and coral snakes, often suffer unnecessarily.’
- ‘The writer cited instances of guineas eating pests like grasshoppers and ticks, along with incidents of guineas killing poisonous copperheads and other snakes.’
- ‘Join us each day for stories about serpents, from flying snakes to Vietnamese cobras and North American copperheads.’
- ‘Frankly, my only concern was that the resident copperhead (don't ask; I've been sworn to secrecy) got out alive.’
- ‘In the past 14 months on the job he has had more than a few run-ins with deadly snakes, including having a copperhead curl up near his bare feet in his small apartment in the ranch's horse barn.’
- ‘We said we did not and he informed us the dead snake was a decidedly poisonous copperhead, a creature apparently known to travel in pairs.’
- ‘In the United States, about 8,000 people a year are bitten by rattlers or their cousins in the pit viper subfamily, which includes copperheads and water moccasins.’
- ‘After college, he spent a year in the domestic peace corps in Delaware, where he often visited Philadelphia, and West Virginia, where he tried to avoid stepping on copperhead snakes.’
- ‘They call it Snake Road, a gravel lane through southern Illinois' Shawnee National Forest, where each spring and fall automobile traffic is prohibited to ensure the safe passage of timber rattlers, water moccasins, and copperheads.’
- ‘Water moccasins and copperheads are plentiful (as in ‘about everywhere’) in the sorts of places I spend my free time and during the course of the last several decades I have had quite a few unpleasant encounters with the little monsters.’
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