I found this guy crossing a country road in James City County, Virginia. I really did save his life. As I moved him off the side of the road, a guy slowed down and asked me if I was having car problems. I said I was just moving a snake off the road. He said, "You shoulda just run the bitch over." No thanks.
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You're an animal saint.
I run em over, then back up to get them a second time, because often once isn't enough.
Yer doin' it wrong. The first time is to anchor them on the road. The second time is at speed and lock up the brakes and slide over them. Just to be sure.
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Copperheads are the least likely of the venomous snakes to bite you. They are typically pretty chill. They may not bite even if stepped on. They also do not always envenomate when they bite. I'll take ten over one cottonmouth or canebrake rattler.
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He sure is pretty.
And thanks for moving him. I've lived in places where there are plenty of venomous snakes most of my life. I've never been bitten once. Not even close.
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That is a good looking snek.
My rule is this. If they are in my mowed area they are in my space. Out side of that live and let live.
You did right by moving it. I prefer snakes over rodents any day. Never had a snake crawl into the attic and destroy wiring yet.
You're not that special unless you walked on the moon or received the Medal of Honor.
My experience is different.
This Copperhead was striking at me when I was 10 feet away. And kept striking as I moved him off the road. The last copperhead I found (I posted pics of that one, too) was the same way. These two were the bitingest snakes I have ever come across. Full of piss and vinegar.
The chillest venomous snakes I have ever come across is a Canebrake Rattler. I half think I could have picked him up. It coiled on the road and tucked his face behind his back and never even rattled.
As far as cottonmouths, I literally accidentally squatted over one, with my ass 8 inches from his head, and it never moved. I've picked them up on hooks and they just move about. I've only had one lazily mouth my snake hook.
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I've found that copperheads are highly aggressive, striking hard and fast. Timber rattlers, on the other hand, have always seemed very laid back to me. I nearly sat on one a couple years ago, and he never rattled or offered to strike.
Cottonmouths, I just despise them. I remember fishing years ago on Santee Cooper and we had three to a boat, two fishing and one to man the shotgun on snake watch.
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Of the three venomous snakes in Virginia, the one that I find most fascinating is the Cottonmouth. In my neck of the woods, it is by far the most common. But to me, the coolest.
Of all three of the snakes, the Cottonmouth is most likely to stand its ground when I approach. I've walked up to all three and the Canebrake (Timber) Rattlesnake and the Copperhead will try and get away. In my experience, the Cottonmouth never has. It will defend its spot and keep it once I step away. I can go back and hour later and its still there.
The Cottonmouth seems to look straight ahead at its adversary or prey. Its head follows me like radar. It keeps its head up and scopes me out from head to toe. But it has never struck at me. I've had them bite my snake hook and have seen venom drooling down my hook, but I've never had one go spastic like a Copperhead. The Cottonmouth is very deliberate.
The Cottonmouth is very inquisitive. It will swim up to you to scope you out. They will move to you and open their mouths. They don't always wait until you stumble on them. They seems to be unafraid of anything.
Of all the snakes, venomous and non-venomous I've encountered, the Cottonmouth seems the most intelligent. It looks like the lights are on and someone is home. It looks like it is thinking.
And their venom is particularly horrid. Copperhead has a blood toxin and are the least toxic of the three. Canebrakes and Cottonmouths have a blood and muscle toxin. Canebrakes in my area also have a neurotoxic component. But Cottonmouth also carry a bacteria that is known to cause gangrene. So not only do that destroy red blood cells, veins/arteries, and muscle tissue, you very well may develop gangrene as a result of a bite.
I’ve had the same experience with them here. I have a simple rule: One gets in the yard and I see it, it dies.
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Beautiful copperhead. Good on you for moving it off the road. The older I get the less I am inclined to needlessly kill anything.
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