Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Trans-Pecos Copperhead

In August I got a new job, which means I had an opportunity to take a week off and head to New Mexico to visit my parents. While there, might as well find some snakes! I took off a few days early and headed South to meet a friend and try for my first non-rattling pit viper. On the first night in Texas, in the Davis Mountains: a Trans-Pecos Copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix pictigaster! I wish I could say I was the one that spotted it, but I’m not that kind of herper to split hairs over that part. This is what I wanted, an experience with it in habitat and a good photo session in the setting sun light.


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