22"-53" long, a stout-bodied copper orange-tinged snake with bold chestnut or reddish-brown crossbands constricted on the midline of the back (hourglass shaped).  Found throughout much of the eastern to central U.S., living in a variety of habitats such as woodlands, swamps and rocky outcrops, but typically near water.  Active during the day but more nocturnal in summer, feeding on rodents, lizards, frogs, and large invertebrates.  Bite is rarely fatal (but is painful).  Like cottonmouths, young have a green tail tip to attract prey.