Virginia is home to three species of venomous snakes: timber rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads. Copperheads (Agkistodon contortrix) are the least venomous of the three and are present in the south east quarter of the United States, excluding most of Florida and parts of Texas and Georgia. This past summer I encountered quite a few A. contortrix for the first time in the wild. Despite not being able to pick them up, they have to be one of the most beautiful species I have laid eyes on. Leer más.