Annually, almost 3,000 people in the U.S. are bitten by copperhead snakes, but luckily, only approximately 0.01 percent of those result in fatalities. Named for the rich brown coloring of its broad head and known for its hourglass-shaped, dark brown bands, copperheads are agile hunters who can even climb trees to catch their prey.
Mice and rats are normal parts of a copperhead’s diet -- the snakes play an important role in keeping rodent populations under control. Copperheads also eat insects, such as cicadas, lizards, and frogs. Whenever they go after larger prey, their venom does the work for them. Once bitten, the animal moves away, and the snake tracks it until it dies. For smaller animals, they hold the prey until it dies. Their hinged jaws allow them to eat their food whole and, on average, they only eat ten to 12 times a year.
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