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#6506754 - 10/22/16 04:01 PM Snakes liking the cooler weather.
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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. grin

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.
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#6506757 - 10/22/16 04:05 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: flintknapper]
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cooler weather..starting to move to their dens, and they will lay in the sun to warm up after cool nights
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#6506823 - 10/22/16 04:49 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: colt45]
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Originally Posted By: colt45
cooler weather..starting to move to their dens, and they will lay in the sun to warm up after cool nights


Yeah, see them on the roadways too. The road topping holds the heat for awhile as the afternoon temps begin to drop.
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#6506904 - 10/22/16 05:59 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: flintknapper]
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they aint so bad when its colder and they move slow


Edited by East (10/22/16 06:00 PM)
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#6506923 - 10/22/16 06:20 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: East]
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Originally Posted By: East
they aint so bad when its colder and they move slow


This one wasn't moving at all until I got within a couple of feet of it. It was warming itself...no doubt about that. When/if they get cold...they will actually be sluggish. This one was nothing like that, just enjoying the sun and taking advantage of the cooler weather.

This Summer I would only find them at night after the temperature had abated some. Well...that and they like to hunt at night anyway.

This one definitely took a defensive posture and struck at the stick when I went to turn him over (took several tries).

But I can't imagine any advantage to being bitten slowly as opposed to fast. wink

They don't act quite as 'pissy' when they are cold though, if that was your meaning....I agree.


Edited by flintknapper (10/22/16 06:21 PM)
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#6506938 - 10/22/16 06:30 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: flintknapper]
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Why is it still alive?
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#6506962 - 10/22/16 06:54 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: flintknapper]
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I think Colt is right, the cooler weather has them moving. Be careful.
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#6506974 - 10/22/16 07:09 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: flintknapper]
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They are out and about with the warm days and cool nights. Killed 4 rattlesnakes at our cabin last Saturday. Time of the year to watch your step and use a flashlight at night. Be careful.

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#6507018 - 10/22/16 07:47 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: flintknapper]
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Well done....nice southern.... up
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#6507024 - 10/22/16 07:50 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: flintknapper]
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I would've pressed a harder when holding him down...I know they serve their purpose but I hate snakes

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#6507391 - 10/23/16 09:55 AM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: Pintail711]
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Originally Posted By: Pintail711
I would've pressed a harder when holding him down...I know they serve their purpose but I hate snakes


This snake was out in the woods (where it belongs), no threat to me or our animals. Absolutely no reason to harm it.

Normally, I would not even have stopped or handled it, but I have spotted more of them recently and wanted to advise folks to watch for them. And you KNOW how the forums go: No pics= It didn't happen, so I provided the obligatory photos.
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#6507401 - 10/23/16 10:01 AM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: SnakeWrangler]
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Originally Posted By: SnakeWrangler
Well done....nice southern.... up


Have also found a few 'broad bands' over the years, but most are the more common 'Southern'.

This one was pretty drab, but some have beautifully contrasting colors.

Found this well marked pair down by my shop one evening.

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#6507402 - 10/23/16 10:01 AM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: Bear Charge]
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Why is it still alive?

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#6507579 - 10/23/16 01:07 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: Deerhunter61]
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Originally Posted By: Deerhunter61
Originally Posted By: Bear Charge
Why is it still alive?


Why wouldn't it still be alive? It wasn't harming anything.

ALL snakes on my property get a 'pass' as long as they are not up around my house, in the yard or hanging around my shop or outbuildings. Even then, ALL non-venomous snakes are relocated.
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#6507593 - 10/23/16 01:16 PM Re: Snakes liking the cooler weather. [Re: flintknapper]
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Originally Posted By: flintknapper
Originally Posted By: Deerhunter61
Originally Posted By: Bear Charge
Why is it still alive?


Why wouldn't it still be alive? It wasn't harming anything.

ALL snakes on my property get a 'pass' as long as they are not up around my house, in the yard or hanging around my shop or outbuildings. Even then, ALL non-venomous snakes are relocated.





I relocate or keep all mine (venomous or not)......just got a nice hog nose a couple weeks ago....first one I've seen since I was a kid....
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