Copperhead Snake Found By Front Door



We had just gotten back from the grocery store and as I was carrying in the groceries I noticed a small pile of leaves by the front door.  Don’t ask me why, but for some reason I thought the leaves looked a little strange.

I then turned back around to look once again, and sure enough, all curled up was a Copperhead Snake (for clues, look at the eyes being slits versus round, the yellow part of the tail, and of course, the skin pattern).

Copperhead Snake Blending With Leaves

Copperhead Snake Blending With Leaves

I immediately went back inside to grab my trusty pair of snake tongs.

This Snake was obviously very young, but also quite pretty as far as Snakes go.

Copperhead Snake On Concrete

Copperhead Snake On Concrete

After I grabbed the snake with the snake tongs, I handed them to Leecy so I could take some pictures.

As she was holding the tongs up where I could take a picture, some kind of bee or wasp jumped in the picture.

Copperhead Snake With Wasp Buzzing

Copperhead Snake With Wasp Buzzing

Here’s one of the more interesting shots.  I was able to get a shot with the Snake’s mouth open.

Copperhead Snake With Mouth Open

Copperhead Snake With Mouth Open

Let me conclude with a confession that I realize will make me sound like a hypocrite.   This really was a beautiful young snake.  I know they are good for the environment and if it wasn’t poisonous, I would have just released it behind the house.  However, since it was poisonous, and I worry about either myself or the dogs being bitten, I made the decision to euthanize the snake.  Actually, I can’t kill a thing, but Leecy has no problem with it, so she did the dirty work.

Shreela - One day we see a guy walking down our dead-end suburban street to access the field next to us – he was carrying a rifle! Having grown up in Tx, and the fact he was wearing hunting garb, I didn’t totally freak when I saw him, but I must have had some shock on my face, as he quickly explained he was hunting down the snake/s that bit his hunting dog. We didn’t hear any shots that afternoon though.

A few days or so later, hubby sees blackberries and grabs his gathering “tools”, which luckily included the cane I used after knee surgery. He usually used it to move thorny brambles aside, but that day he used it to beat off a Copperhead that actually chased him! It got away though.November 29, 2012 – 11:32 pm

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