How long does a copperhead have a yellow tail?

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BethH
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How long does a copperhead have a yellow tail?

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Hi, I looked this up online, but I really want a trustworthy answer, and I figure I’ll get it here. My niece had a copperhead visitor outside her house. It had the characteristic yellow/green tail. How old does a copperhead get when the tail color fades? Thank you for your help.

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Kelly Mc
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It depends on shed rate = depends on physical development per dietary and temperature influences.

I had Missouri contortrix what looked like well started WC H, dosing needle fed gerbers turkey&supplement. 4 months and only one shed event before placement with Steinhart Aquarium, with cool green caudals still vivid after that shed.

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I bet the guys at the kentucky reptile zoo would have the most precise data for your question.

I dont know how a found animal could be accurately aged. Mine were assumed current yoy and it was quite a long time ago.

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Thank you for your answer Kelly Mc. I appreciate it. Beth

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Yesterday I found a near-neonate, perhaps a couple of months old based on size, that already had a dull green tail. On the other hand, I have seen juveniles of about the same size in late spring with yellow tails (they being born late-summer/early-fall) in Louisiana. Yesterday I also saw a neonate cottonmouth with a bright yellow tail in contrast to its congener.
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Thank you, Jeff.

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Hi Beth, im with you - pattern changes and tails are interesting.

Whether they are related as in your query, or separate.

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I think Ive observed a behavioral kinetic that slipped under the.. what, radar? of .."Zonata Experts"

Including those who have written book/s on the subject.

They didnt notice.

I actually have photos of the augmented structure that, I surmise, evolved as an adaptation to rock/boulder proprioception.

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