Seeing more daytime movement of Copperheads around my place. I suppose the cooler weather is more to their liking. I know it is for ME.
I was doing a little scouting this morning and ran across this little fella. He was basking in the full sunlight...so pretty easy to spot despite him laying perfectly still.
As I approached him... he started to move off slowly.
When they crawl across something of one color and texture....their pattern really stands out.
But if they are down in the leaves and sticks they pretty much disappear.
I picked up a stick rolled the snake over and pinned it down (lightly) with my boot. I wanted to take a quick picture showing the single row of scales (after the anal vent) that denotes a venomous snake (indigenous to the lower 48) in case you didn't already know.
Then I let him up to go on his way...which he did post haste.