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Do Cicadas Attract Copperhead Snakes?

copperhead eating cicada

If you are a home or business owner seeing bugs in your space, it can be alarming and your mind may start to wonder about the worst-case scenario. Have you recently seen cicadas in your space? Cicadas tend to come out from the trees and foliage during the hot summer months. These cicadas shed their coats and are often found in significant numbers, making you feel that you have a massive cicada population on your hands. When a cicada sheds its skin, it cannot move, which gives a Copperhead prime time for feeding. While Copperhead snakes do eat cicadas and their skins, the presence of cicadas does not directly correlate with the amount of Copperhead snakes in your space. You are more likely to see a Copperhead snake if you have cicadas, but these are snakes that have already been residing in this area. Cicadas, in and of themselves, do not attract more snakes to your yard or area. 

How long does a cicada live?

Cicadas are one of the longest living insects, with life spans ranging between 13 and 17 years. During its lifespan, a cicada spends the majority of its life underground. While underground, a cicada is known as a nymph, and these nymphs spend their time eating liquid nutrients from the plant, tree, and bush roots. A nymph will make its way to the ground surface five times during its life to shed its exoskeleton, also known as molting. Once above ground, the nymph travels up trees and posts and will attach itself and begin to shed its molt. This is when cicadas are the most susceptible to being attacked and eaten by other animals, including Copperhead snakes.

What time of day are Copperheads most active?

Copperheads tend to be the most alert and active when the sun is starting to go down and at night. They love cooler temperatures and make homes in places that can offer them a safe hiding place such as high grass, bushes, and rock fortresses. Copperheads prey on insects that come out of their holes at night, and they are ready to hunt. If you are walking in your yard at night, be sure to wear proper footwear and bring a light with you. Copperheads, and most snakes in general, do not go out of their way to bite humans; they bite when they feel threatened. Being alert and aware of any snake presence in your yard is important in being safe around Copperheads. 

Do Copperheads climb trees to eat cicadas?

Have you seen those crunchy cicada molts on your trees and fenceposts at the end of the summer months? The creatures that shed these are prime food for Copperhead snakes. Snakes can climb trees by wrapping their bodies around them and shimmying up. If a snake is motivated enough, it could find itself up a tree or fence, but this is not very typical. Snakes are usually able to find enough snacks and food on the ground or in bushes lower to the ground, so the need to climb for food is not necessary.

copperhead climbing tree to eat cicada

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