Copperhead Snakes are Poisonous

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Snakes are fascinating to me but their beauty can fool you. There are a lot of venomous snakes all across the United States. Here is South Carolina there are more than ever. In the mountains of South Carolina we have a lot of mountain rattlers and copperhead snakes. I hardly run across the rattlers but always run across copperheads. It’s seems they are everywhere on our mountain.

large copperhead snake on our private road
Copperhead Snake

On sunny days they can be found near the road or on the road sun bathing just like black snakes do. Since our private road doesn’t have much traffic they can leisurely do their thing on the road.
We also have a lot of water on the mountain, springs, creeks which are where you can also find the copperhead snakes hanging out.
This copperhead is huge, looks like he is every bit of 5 foot long going on 6 foot. They eat rodents, mice, frogs and insects. Looking at this copperhead, it looks like he has been eating well. When I spotted this snake he was crossing the road, got out of the car to take pictures. He got to the edge of the road and was soon camouflaged.

Copperhead snakes are pisonous and should not be handled. A Copperhead snake bite needs immediate medical attention, is extremely painful, can cause you extensive scarring and you can potentially loose a limb. Don’t take any chances with copperhead snakes!

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4 thoughts on “Copperhead Snakes are Poisonous

  1. Hi, Michael — I found your blog through your comment at The Birders Report. Having never been around Copperheads, are they shy or aggressive? They certainly are beautiful, despite their powerful venom. My most frequently encountered venomous reptile would be a rattlesnake … and they’d much prefer not to be in the presence of humans if they can help it.

    • Hi Ingrid,
      Copperheads are normally not aggressive but can be if you try to corner or catch them. They are very beautiful but they are hard to see in the woods because of their colors. We have rattlesnakes here too, I stay away from them too! Thank you for visiting my site. I just visited your site, you have really wonderful pictures!

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