Ophidiophobia—the fear of snakes—is one of the most common phobias in the world. Some snakes, like copperheads, have a particularly bad reputation. Copperheads are a type of pit viper, making them cousins to other famous venomous serpents like rattlesnakes and water moccasins. It can be hard to believe that these incredible hunters begin their lives just like all baby animals: tiny, defenseless, and adorable.
While the majority of snakes are hatched from eggs, copperheads give live birth, though the little ones come out sheathed in a protective membrane. Because the membrane is so thin, it's possible to see the newborn moving around inside of it, getting ready to make its escape. It doesn't take long for the snake to break through this enclosure and inhale air for the first time.
The Copperhead Institute was able to capture this incredible process, posting a video onto their Facebook page in the summer of 2015.
No matter how scary some may view their older relatives, it's pretty darn amazing to see a living creature take a breath and fill its lungs with air for the first time.
View the incredible moment here: