Copperhead moccasin is often called "highland moccasin." A number of the nonvenomous native water snakes are also called "moccasins," due entirely to lack of education about the myriad of water snakes in the Escambia region. The ferocious looking Hognose and fierce appearing Garter Snake are often needlessly slaughtered as "poison moccasins."
The copperhead rarely reaches a length of 4 feet. To identify it look for copper-colored splotches on the back; orange or pinkish designs with bold red-brown crossbands that become narrow at the center of its back. The head is plain-colored with a pit in front of and just below the eye. The eyes have vertical pupils. Its preferred habitat is rock outcrops and ravines in forests, edges of swamps and floodplains.