Topic: Copperhead with black tail

Hello everyone, I encountered a beautiful Copperhead in the Ouachita Forest today, but noticed a distinct black marking on the tail.  Can someone tell me what this means?  Thank you for any help.


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2 (edited by caro 2017-09-24 03:56 pm)

Re: Copperhead with black tail

It doesn't "mean" anything, just a little genetic diversity.  If you had a group of 10 copperheads, no 2 would be alike.
Nice find...they are beautiful snakes.


Re: Copperhead with black tail

They start off yellow or yellowish-green for caudal luring of small prey such as frogs or lizards.  Adult tactics change and (presumably) don't need/use caudal luring anymore.  The tail darkens, since using it as an attractant becomes a liability rather than asset once a larger size.

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