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Copperheads are pit vipers and are found across the South, in parts of the Midwest and Northeast. They prefer wooded areas but can be found under rocks and near streams. They have favorite hiding places, according to the website Copperhead-snakes.com, including stone walls, sawdust, garden mulch, compost piles, decaying stumps, wood piles, abandoned buildings and large, flat stones.
The snakes account for the highest number of snake bites in the United States every year, and while dangerous, their bites are usually not deadly.