The snake in itself is not unusual at the park, but the name Red Hot Cheeto certainly causes one to take a second look.
A broad-banded copperhead snake (Agkistrodon laticinctus) was found on a trail near the Main Track Site of Diamond Valley State Park in Texas and was given the name Red Hot Cheeto by park rangers. The venomous snake in itself is not unusual at the park, but the name Red Hot Cheeto certainly causes one to take a second look! The copperhead snake is definitely red hot!
“Our Park Rangers made a new friend today at work!” the park staff wrote on Facebook. “This copperhead was found near the Main Track Site in the park and had quite an attitude with us while we worked to relocate to a safer, more remote area of the park. As a result, Park Rangers determined an appropriate name is Red Hot Cheeto!”
The snake was apparently feisty to the park rangers when they relocated it elsewhere and gave it the name Red Hot Cheeto.
Copperhead Snake Information
Copperhead snakes are common in Alabama and throughout much of the Eastern Seaboard, from Southern New England to Maryland and westward to northern Alabama and southern Illinois. It grows to about 2½ feet in length and sometimes to 4 feet. They live from 12-20 years and feed on ground dwelling birds, small rodents, amphibians and lizards.