Once again, the time has come to test your serpent-spotting skills! And because we are a kind people, we'll give you a hint: you're looking for a banded copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix laticinctus). 

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Like a built-in ghillie suit, the banded copperhead's colouration helps it blend perfectly into the leaf litter of its woodland habitat. But before you scroll down for the reveal, a word of advice from Texas snake inspector Nathan Hawkins of Big Country Snake Removal, who encountered the camouflaged animal on a recent hike.

"They're a lot easier to see than most people think," he says. "This particular snake stood out to me. I don't actually look for snakes, I look for the thing that doesn't quite fit the setting. I spend a lot of time searching so that helps, but you can train yourself to see them."

Hawkins also notes that despite their fearsome reputation, the venomous pit vipers aren't dangerous unless provoked. Copperheads are largely nocturnal, and tend to avoid areas with high foot traffic. Adults feed on larger prey like rodents, birds, frogs and lizards, but juveniles like this one (estimated at about 12 inches) prefer an insect-dominated diet. 

"I've seen thousands of copperheads and they're never aggressive," Hawkins says. "They can be defensive and strike if they're cornered or harassed, but if left alone, they're actually pretty chilled-out."

After snapping a few photos, Hawkins moved along up the trail, leaving the resting snake undisturbed. 
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