Early copperhead

By: Mstaszew
5/24/2020 9:37 PM

First copperhead sighting this year. Usually I see one or more walking our dog most nights from August through September, but I’ve never seen one this early. I was about to get in my truck the other day and this guy tied me up a bit while I made sure he scooted off into the woods.



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By: Jason
5/25/2020 7:16 PM

I almost stepped on one yesterday. Barely 5" long.

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By: PaulOinMA
5/25/2020 8:59 PM

Nan and I moved to MA in 2003. House was empty and I went to the basement. Thought I had a copperhead in the empty basement. Didn't take a picture. Pretty sure it was just an eastern milk snake after I researched what it could have been. Eastern milk snake is also called barn snake and house snake, as they go into barns and homes looking for mice.

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Went to the neighbors to get a broom to chase it out of the house. Promptly locked ourselves of of our new house. I grew up with the little thing on the door being vertical to lock the doorknob. It was also that way in all other places I've lived. Nope. Not our house in MA. Horizontal was locked. So, when I checked to make sure I didn't lock the door before we walked over to the neighbor, I was actually locking the door.Theeth smiley

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By: SwampDuck
5/26/2020 11:06 AM

Better version.............



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By: Sandglass
5/26/2020 2:42 PM

We’ve had a few brown water snakes on the floating dock when the sun comes out and a resident black snake is out and moving around again.

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By: Mstaszew
5/26/2020 4:07 PM

I should start wearing a Go Pro at night in late summer. Copperheads are very active around here and I often find them in multiples during one walk. Once I came out and there was one on the sidewalk so I decided to walk through the woods to get to my destination and damn if there wasn't one in the woods coming towards the other one! I stepped back on the porch and when the two met they did that stand up, interlocking show of dominance or mating or whatever that is. Twisted around each other and head slamming one another. It was quite awesome. I don't normally kill snakes, personally, I see no real need, but I know many who do. I did kill one Copperhead in the backyard years ago because it decided that the magnolia leaves on the ground were a nice place to chill. I couldn't see it in the leaves and our two dogs were VERY curious. They got within 2-3 inches of it sniffing it. I have to admit that it was an incredibly docile snake as it was in a guarded position, but never once struck out. I hated having to take the shovel to it, but I draw the line when the bastard won't move along to somewhere more comfortable for me.

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By: PaulOinMA
5/26/2020 4:45 PM

Harmless little garter snake scared the bejesus out of me when I was mowing the lawn 15 years ago. It was sunning in a cedar in the front yard. I rode right by it on the tractor. You do not expect to go nose-to-nose with a snake right by your face when mowing. Theeth smiley



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By: PaulOinMA
5/26/2020 4:46 PM

At the right height to scare me. Theeth smiley



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By: Bill
5/27/2020 1:33 PM

Better version.............

SwampDuck


The best kind

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By: redray
5/27/2020 3:12 PM

Only one good kind of snake..........

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By: Md.Chas
5/27/2020 6:24 PM

Better version.............

SwampDuck
That just made TIM smile !

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By: J4yDubs
5/27/2020 6:31 PM

Man, the snake hate is real in this thread. I don't have any problems with them. Had one as a pet growing up.

These 2 were in the pond a few weeks ago. I'm guessing male and female because of the wrestlin' they were doing.



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By: J4yDubs
5/27/2020 6:32 PM

Frogs didn't mind them at all.



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By: PaulOinMA
5/27/2020 6:51 PM

Friend had a large snake, boa (I think), in his basement along with several tortoises. The boa was out of its enclosure to stretch. I leaned over and wiggled my fingers in front of it to get its attention.

"I wouldn't do that if I were you. I haven't fed him in a while."

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By: J4yDubs
5/27/2020 10:06 PM

Friend had a large snake, boa (I think), in his basement along with several tortoises. The boa was out of its enclosure to stretch. I leaned over and wiggled my fingers in front of it to get its attention.

"I wouldn't do that if I were you. I haven't fed him in a while."

PaulOinMA

Mine was a green tree snake. My Dad named him "Ralph". I never liked that name.. My dad built this huge cage with screening for it. Took up half of one of my walls. I'd catch and feed it crickets. There was one flaw in this system. Crickets, when not eaten in a timely fashion, will mate. The babies are small enough to pass through the screen. I had crickets chirping in my walls for a long time.

Ralph was a good snake. He'd let you handle him and loved to just sit on the chain above the dinning room light. Would sit there for hours. My parents would have people over and after a while would tell them to look up. For some reason, a lot of people left soon afterwards...

In his later years, he got a little more ornery. If he really didn't want to come out of or back into his cage, he'd bite you. Not a huge deal, but he did have a couple fangs that would leave a mark.

John

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By: Dhart
5/29/2020 8:46 PM

When I was a young delinquent , I saved "hamburger money" my aunt gave me, lifted a biological supply catalog from my jr. high science teacher's office, and ordered a boa through the mail for a science project.

Got the cage built before it arrived (in the back of the basement), and got my boa (always got home from school before my parents to get the mail).

Had it 2 days before it got out. Never found it. Told my parents about it when I was 30.

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By: robluc
5/29/2020 9:20 PM

When I was a young delinquent , I saved "hamburger money" my aunt gave me, lifted a biological supply catalog from my jr. high science teacher's office, and ordered a boa through the mail for a science project.

Got the cage built before it arrived (in the back of the basement), and got my boa (always got home from school before my parents to get the mail).

Had it 2 days before it got out. Never found it. Told my parents about it when I was 30.

Dhart
Maybe your parents never told you they found it and disposed of it. I couldn't ever figure out why my homegrown would be so healthy and green one day and then just wither away. Years later my dad owned up to watering with salt water whenever he found it. Sad smiley Bloom

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By: beachbumz
5/30/2020 8:48 AM

Man these snake threads are like a car wreck to me, I don't want to see it but I can't look away Confused

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By: Md.Chas
6/1/2020 7:45 AM

When I was a young delinquent , I saved "hamburger money" my aunt gave me, lifted a biological supply catalog from my jr. high science teacher's office, and ordered a boa through the mail for a science project.

Got the cage built before it arrived (in the back of the basement), and got my boa (always got home from school before my parents to get the mail).

Had it 2 days before it got out. Never found it. Told my parents about it when I was 30.

Dhart
Maybe your parents never told you they found it and disposed of it. I couldn't ever figure out why my homegrown would be so healthy and green one day and then just wither away. Years later my dad owned up to watering with salt water whenever he found it. Sad smiley Bloom

robluc
Now that's funny. The cows ate mine....

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By: robluc
6/1/2020 12:05 PM


By: MichiganJulia
6/1/2020 4:34 PM

Nan and I moved to MA in 2003. House was empty and I went to the basement. Thought I had a copperhead in the empty basement. Didn't take a picture. Pretty sure it was just an eastern milk snake after I researched what it could have been. Eastern milk snake is also called barn snake and house snake, as they go into barns and homes looking for mice.

\Click to follow link...

Went to the neighbors to get a broom to chase it out of the house. Promptly locked ourselves of of our new house. I grew up with the little thing on the door being vertical to lock the doorknob. It was also that way in all other places I've lived. Nope. Not our house in MA. Horizontal was locked. So, when I checked to make sure I didn't lock the door before we walked over to the neighbor, I was actually locking the door.Theeth smiley

PaulOinMA



Some days it doesn't pay to even get up!!!!!

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