WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - It's that time of year in the Heartland to watch out for baby copperheads.

According to the Great Plains Nature Center in Wichita, copperheads are born from August to October and there can be up to 14 snakes in a litter. So if you find one, officials warn that there are others around.

In Kansas, copperheads grow up to 40 inches in length and weigh just under one pound. 

The Oklahoma Sheriffs & Peace Officers Association said they're born with venom and ready to defend themselves. 

“The babies will keep those greenish/yellow tips on their tails for about a year. These snakes are not generally aggressive but will bite if you are unfortunate enough to touch or step on one,” officials said.

People are reminded to not reach under bushes, around rocks or even flowerpots without looking first.

Copperheads aren't rare in Kansas, according to the Nature Center. The Fall River-Toronto area is probably in the heart of their range. 

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks says the state is home to a variety of pit vipers and venomous snakes including massasauga rattlers and copperheads.

Click here for information about venomous snakes in Kansas.