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The Des Moines Copperhead Snake

Copperhead snake is one of the snakes with high ability to strike accurately on the prey. Just as the Des Moines snake is called, it has a copper like head and it has combination of colors that made distinct it from other kind of snakes around. This snake specie has wide body and broad head. They can easily be identified with their unique neck and medium body size. The color can be tan or light brown with irregular banding, which can either be faded or even solid.

The copperhead snake biology
Iowa copperhead snake is among the snake species with dual mating seasons. This usually takes place in February to May and from August till October every year. During the mating season, male copperhead snakes usually fight each other to know the winner who will be in charge of mating the available in their area. The finfo@wildliferemovaldesmoines.coms usually only allow the winner of the fight to mate and fertilize the egg. Copperhead is also known to deliver their baby as the incubation of their eggs usually takes place inside their body. That is to say they are ovoviviparous animals.

Des Moines copperhead snake life cycle
After the gestation period copperhead usually deliver up to 18 babies in each birth. After birth they usually care for their babies till they are able to care for themselves. The copperhead snakes usually start to reproduce when it reaches between 8 months and above.

The copperhead snake habitat
Copperhead habitats are in wide varieties and they are mostly found in the wood and forest. Adapting to new ecological community is always easy for copperhead snakes. You can easily find them near river or mountain. They also stay under shade or under the sun. Some places copperhead snakes can survive include: Farms, Forest and others.

The copperhead snake diet and behavior
Rodent such as rat and mice are the main diet of Iowa copperhead snakes. They are also known to eat other smaller snakes, frogs, insects and birds. One thing with copperhead snakes is that they not bite always. Even if they bite they do not inject venom large enough to kill human being. That is why people hardly die out of copperhead bite.

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