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Copperhead snake

Agkistrodon contortrix


I felt very lucky the day I saw this snake. I had had to step into the woods for a "bathroom break" as there were no restrooms around. I thought I had looked around carefully but was perhaps distracted by the idea that I needed to finish fast before people came near. When I looked down, I saw that my right foot was next to the head of this copperhead snake. It didn't move so I did as quickly as I could manage yet in a fairly calm manner. I returned to the car to get my camera so I could get a shot using my zoom lens. :)


Penny's Bend nature reserve


Copperhead snake bites need medical attention as the venom destroys tissue and can cause scarring and loss of use of the affected area; the bites are extremely painful.

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shebebusynow 4 years ago

Commendable self-control!

Cassie456 4 years ago


Durham, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.99, Long: -78.90

Spotted on May 17, 2014
Submitted on May 27, 2014


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