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leighton w wrote:
Steven, nice capture of the Copperhead. Haven't seen many of these up here, I think we're either too far north, or to high in elevation. We do however have the Timber Rattlers.
Hi Leighton, thanks for the comments all. With the tube minimum focus was @ 1 meter, so pretty close but not really dangerous.
These snakes are very common here in the NC mountains and I've only seen 1 that was aggressive. He got his head chopped off with a hoe. This one was smaller than it looks in the photo and relatively docile.
I grew up in Arlington and used to visit a friends old, family farm in Fredericksburg, along the river, and there were Copperheads everywhere and Moccasins in the ponds and creeks. Not sure why they wouldn't be common @ Staunton. I'm @ 2600' and their range covers the entire east coast.
I would never get anywhere near this close to a Timber Rattler. We've got those as well and that's a scary, dangerous snake.
cheers and watch your step!