Southern Copperhead is limited in the state of Florida to the panhandle
region, and is not particularly common there, which means most residents
of Florida will not encounter one unless they leave the state.
A paler version of its counterpart to the
north, this snake is tan with overtones of pink. The pattern
of dark bands with light centers are hour-glass shaped, but
the two halves of the hour-glass often miss each other at the spine.
Juveniles have a bright sulphur-yellow tail, which can be used as
a caudal lure. Waved about slowly, this tail is attractive
to frogs, which are often surprised to become a meal instead of having
The copperhead averages 2 to 3 feet in length,
with a maximum of 52 inches. Prey items include
rodents, amphibians, and insects. They are reputed to
gorge on cicadas in the spring, as these insects are hatching out.
Although a bite from one of these snakes should not be ignored, they
have a particularly mild venom, and the bite should not prove fatal,
with prompt, proper medical treatment. The venom is so mild,
that it may be the reason that folks in the Appalachian region of
the eastern U.S. have so many strange snakebite remedies that they
believe to be effective. Some of these include kerosene, internally
or externally, cow pies, etc. Understand that in the case of
a snakebite that is not going to cause any serious problems if left
untreated, anything used as a treatment will be effective.