The copperhead is not a rattler, though its vibrating tail amid dry

leaves will sometimes hum like one. (This is also true of the

blacksnake.) Its bite is very poisonous. It is found amid rocks and in

the woods, and is at home from New England and the Atlantic coast west

to Indiana and south to Texas. This snake is seldom more than three

feet long. Its color is light reddish-brown with bands of rich chestnut

which are narrow on the back and wide at the sides. The underpart is

whitish with dark spots on the abdomen. The head is generally coppery in

color but not always. In Texas the colors of the copperhead are

stronger, the bands and head are decidedly reddish, and the bands have

narrow white borders.