The copperhead, a venomous snake that relies on its natural camouflage for disguise, is very active in late summer. Now is the time to be on high alert for them, Georgia.
Here are a few things you should know about copperheads:
This is breeding season for the snake, so males are on the hunt for females. You are most likely to encounter a copperhead in late August through early October and in the spring after hibernation.
Copperheads enjoy a wide range of habitats. Most of these include transitional environments like rocky, wooded areas and thickets by streams. These snakes are especially comfortable in environments that have both sunlight and shade, which can unfortunately include parts of your backyard. Copperheads have a high tolerance when it comes to where they live, which means they can live easily in suburban areas.
While some of these snakes can be reluctant to bite, some can be rather aggressive and quick to bite. So, while you and your family are enjoying late summer outdoor activities, be aware of this pest. If you encounter a copperhead in your backyard, give the snake plenty of room and do not attempt to capture or kill it!
The best thing to do is to be on the lookout for these snakes, but don’t panic if you see one. Educate your family members on what they look like, and instruct them to get out of its way if one slithers into your yard.
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