I'll give most snakes a pass on most days unless they are poisonous AND in high traffic areas. Even more so since I learned copperhead venom is used in breast cancer research. However, This guy was at the gate and in the wrong place at the wrong time. He deserved the 'Goodyear Stomp' that he got.
He was 30" easy. Biggest and prettiest copperhead I've ever seen. Killed him in the same spot I killed a rattler on Sunday night.