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We went to Durant Park yesterday morning in search of mushrooms and Steve spotted this

little copperhead (about 15 inches long). I had never seen one before and was thrilled with

the discovery! It was a stunning snake! Copperheads bite more people in the US than any

other snake. North Carolina has the dubious distinction of the most venomous snake bites

of any state in the US. Woo hoo! Way to go, NC! A bite from a copperhead is extremely

painful but rarely fatal to adults. They are pit vipers, distinguished by the presence of a

heat-sensing organ located between the eye and the nostril on either side of the head.

The pupils of their eyes are elliptical, like a cat's.


I was amazed how much the snake blended in with its surroundings. When he stopped

moving, it was almost impossible to see him! I don't think I will be out in the woods again

without wearing my hiking boots!!

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Taken on September 26, 2009