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Meet the Copperhead!

Vocabulary Words

  • Ovoviviparous – an animal that keeps its fertilized eggs inside the body while the embryo
    develops. The offspring hatch and leave the body at the same time.
  • Pit vipers – snakes that have holes, or pits, behind their nostrils that can sense heat. This helps
    them to discriminate between possible prey, which would be warm, and a non-living object,
    such as a rock.
  • Jacobson’s organ (also called vomeronasal organ) – an organ of chemoreception that is part of
    the olfactory system (sense of smell). It is very well developed in snakes and helps them hunt
    and track their prey

Fun Facts

Female copperheads in captivity can sometimes reproduce asexually (without a male).

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