do you see it?
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!!