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COPPERHEAD ENCOUNTER
« on: July 06, 2015, 05:08:56 AM »
I have not seen a copperhead in over ten yrs - until a few days ago - in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I have some low shubbery that borders the sidewalk leading to my porch.
This spring , there were baby rabbits chillin under them. One day as I was cutting the grass, I spooked a 3 foot garter snake out of there. Apparently he was interested in bagging a baby rabbit.

I thought it was cool.

The next encounter was not so cool.

I found this guy lying in the middle of the sidewalk as I approached.








Normally, I would not harm any snake.
However, a copperhead lying in wait among ample cover - perfect for ambush on baby rabbits or human ankles - was totally unacceptable.

I hope it is the last copperhead I see for the next 10 years.

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COPPERHEAD ENCOUNTER
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2015, 05:35:10 AM »
Good JOB DRAKE :)
GLADD you took care of that guy.
If you had children in your neighborhood that snake could of hurt them bad or even worse.Just imagine a childs ball rolling under a shrub and that snake being under there.
You did the right thing. 8)
I have only had  2 encounters with a copperhead in all of my 52 years.
1 was in a residential area ,,,he died.The second 1 was in amongst high bush berries,i walked from him. ;)
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2015, 09:12:41 AM »
I wonder what copperhead  taste like ?

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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2015, 10:34:08 AM »
CHICKEN :)
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2015, 12:24:57 PM »
Looks a lot like a watersnake from your pics. head does not seem to have the broad back shape that rattlesnakes and copperheads have. It is so beat up that it hard to tell. pattern looks just like a water snake and the underside is watersnake like too. You had it close up did it have fangs?
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Copperhead head shape:

« Last Edit: July 06, 2015, 12:29:20 PM by FM »

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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2015, 01:56:18 PM »
first thing I thought was it looks like a milk snake. Doesn't look like a copperhead but it would be easier to tell if it wasn't chopped up into pieces :-\  didja scream like a girl when ya beat it to death with a stick ::)

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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2015, 02:16:37 PM »
Milk snake is red,black and white most times.
I might have what colors comes first wrong.milk snakes are beautiful snakes.
Drakes snake is hard to tell for sure.There are different phase color Coperheads.The head would tell the tail but its pretty much crushed.It looks close enought to a Copperhead to me.If it was around my house i would of killed it also.
Water snakes are not deadly but,they can make you sick.
I wouldnt want a child or my dog getting bit with a water snake either.
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2015, 02:28:09 PM »


Milk snake.
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« Reply #8 on: July 06, 2015, 02:34:00 PM »
there's 24 types of milk snake brother. the one you are showing is just one of them and I've never seen one like that. Eastern milk snakes look very different and are often mistaken for copperheads, especially since they tend to inhabit the same areas. I've caught dozens of 'em. The one on the hood of the car looks like a milk snake or a water snake, was it killed near a pond or lake? Did it have fangs? was it good and fat or long and thin.

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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2015, 02:42:43 PM »
Wow,
I didnt relize there were that many types of milk snakes.
Ive only seen the ones ive posted.they are a beautiful snake.
My inlaws owned a lumber yard in Moscow Pa.
We would find these milk snakes under units of osb board sll the time.we would lift a unit with the fork truck and,low and behold we would find a milk snake.We never hurt one.I dont like snskes but those milk snakes are beautiful.
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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2015, 02:46:23 PM »


eastern milk snake.

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« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2015, 02:50:00 PM »
just remember, red next to yellow will kill a fellow, red next to black is a friend, jack!  ;)

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« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2015, 02:52:32 PM »


eastern milk snake.

I would take that for a Copper Head Brother!!!!!!! :-[
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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2015, 03:09:12 PM »
a lot of milk snakes, corn snakes and water snakes get killed cuz people don't know the difference. Take a good look at the picture FM posted, and then take a look at the one I posted. Other than a slight similarity in color, they look totally different. The size and shape of the head is the big give away, and the eyes also. The body on a pit viper is fatter also while the milk snake is long and lean... like the one on the hood of the car.
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Re: COPPERHEAD ENCOUNTER
« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2015, 05:54:03 PM »
I did the same thing 20+ years ago when I found what could have been a copper head right next to the house. Wasn;t gonna take any chances. Saw one about 5 years later while on a hike out in the woods- left that one alone.

Didn't see another venomous snake until last month while backpacking in Potter County. Almost stepped on a BIG timber rattler. There was no mistaking him, though. That loud rattling is a dead(no pun intended!) giveaway!  ;) ;)

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