One of many copperhead snakes I’ve photographed, handled or avoided. These are venemous pit vipers…rarely killing but inflicting extreme pain with it’s venom.
A live-bearer, my experience with them have shown them to be a fairly non-aggresive snake. It prefers to blend to hide rather then striking to bite. I’ve only known 1 person to be bitten and she stepped on one barefoot in the night time.
I do not often go LOOKING for snakes, although they are some of my favorite wildlife, but when I FIND them…it’s as much a thrill for me to find a venemous one as it is to find a non.
This fellow was found in NE Kansas in a wooded area that I sometimes visit. He was the 3rd one that day so I decided to play it safe and stop stomping in it’s territory. I did, however, find several more species of snakes on this particular trip.