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I think I killed a Copperhead, what ya think?

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#1 by valerie » Tue Sep 25, 2012 16:04

This feller would not leave. He/She just kept on striking, trying to bite me. Normally, I won't kill a snake unless I think it's poisonous. I have to kill the poisonous ones because they put me and all the critters out here in jeopardy. At first, I thought it was a big brown snake but then noticed it's bands and distinct markings. I thought it might be a young cottonmouth (water moccasin) but I concluded this is a copperhead. I was working on the deck and took a break prancing around with only flip-flops on my feet, smashing mole tunnels. Do you know what a mole tunnel is? Pesky creatures and I sure have a lot of them out here. I had the flat square head shovel, smashing down the mole tunnels when this snake appeared and wanted to fight. I tried to shoo him off and he was determined to fight. I thought it best for him to meet his maker....better him then me! I've never been good at identifying snakes. I still have the shovel stuck in his neck as I might get a better look at his head, after I am sure he is dead.

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#2 by ccg » Tue Sep 25, 2012 17:19

yes this is a copperhead.
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#3 by valerie » Tue Sep 25, 2012 17:20

I believe it was too.
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#4 by love4dead » Wed Sep 26, 2012 06:17

I also think it copperhead.
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#5 by valerie » Wed Sep 26, 2012 06:35

Only thing is, they say copperheads are not aggressive and will usually run the other way when confronted. Just the opposite of a cottonmouth. They say cottonmouth's are very aggressive and will keep trying to bite you.

At first, I thought it might be a young cottonmouth. Cottonmouths around here are usually very dark, almost black but the young ones can be lighter. I was mighty sure it wasn't a cottonmouth as I got a better look at him due to it's distinct saddle markings.

However, he would not run away. He kept standing up, striking at me, trying to bite. I took the shovel, and sort of scoop flipped him a ways towards the pond. He came back towards me and every time I would flip him with the shovel, he still turned back and came for me. By this time, I decided he was a copperhead and I had enough of him. Flipped him a good one and when he tried to strike that time, I let him have it and pinned his head/neck area with the shovel.

All my grass is freshly mowed. I do have a lot of stick piles up against trees. I pick up sticks and limbs that fall from the trees, and will make piles by a tree. I do that all thru out the summer months and then when the weather cools, I have to get a burn code (permit), collect all the sticks to one huge pile, and burn it all.

Copperheads like wood piles. I figure he must have made a home in one of those stacks of sticks. Not sure why he was crawling in the short grass towards me. The weather here has cooled a tad. Could be he was simply cooling off in the grass. Or maybe he was hungry!
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#6 by ancient350 » Fri Sep 28, 2012 20:31

valerie wrote: This feller would not leave. He/She just kept on striking, trying to bite me.
What about Obama?
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#7 by valerie » Fri Sep 28, 2012 23:28

ancient350 wrote:
valerie wrote: This feller would not leave. He/She just kept on striking, trying to bite me.
What about Obama?

Ya, guess you could compare him to a copperhead, only a lot slicker.
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#8 by ancient350 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 01:40

valerie wrote: Ya, guess you could compare him to a copperhead, only a lot slicker.
90% voters or 810 people had voted "Obama not welcome in USA" in a big forum.
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#9 by valerie » Sat Sep 29, 2012 07:00

ancient350 wrote:
valerie wrote: Ya, guess you could compare him to a copperhead, only a lot slicker.
90% voters or 810 people had voted "Obama not welcome in USA" in a big forum.

Ya, some people like him and some people don't.
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