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Cindi    Posted 07-01-2003 at 06:58:32       [Reply]  [No Email]

and a great link...I now know that what we killed yesterday was a corn snake. Time to take a little more care with what we're killing around here.

Stan ETenn    Posted 07-01-2003 at 17:23:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Lots of copperheads in E Tenn. Was at yard sale, saw stick in nextdr drive. Black snake. Neighbor said I could have it, even provided box. Wife in back seat with box in lap. Did you ever notice when you close a box there is a hole right in the middle of the lid. Snakes head came out, wife started screaming. Plugged hole. When snake was released it was colored like a chicken snake. Amaazing!

Cindi    Posted 07-01-2003 at 07:00:47       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is a copperhead....

Red Dave    Posted 07-01-2003 at 07:51:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, we have a lot of Copperheads here in my part of PA. It's easy to confuse one with a corn snake and especially with one variety of water snake we have around here.
You have to look carefully and know what to look for to tell the difference.
A copperhead will change colors and appearance with time of year and skin shedding cycle. Sometimes they are brightly colored, sometimes dark and mottled looking.
You are wise to not take chances if you're not sure. I've heard about the cucumber odor before, but I never noticed it around the ones I seen.
The shape of the head and tail are the features I look for to distinguish them.

Cindi    Posted 07-01-2003 at 10:58:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
The thing to look for, based on what I learned, and assuming you have a chance, a corn snake has a black and white checker board belly. I think I also read that the copperheads are really only found in the panhandle of Florida. The one thing I didn't find out was if corn snakes will bite, regardless of whether they are venomous or not.

Maggie/Tx    Posted 07-01-2003 at 15:31:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi, I don't know if the Corn snakes will bite or not, but I do know they kill their prey by constriction. My snake book shows one squeezing a rat to death. They also lay eggs and they climb. All rat snakes are constrictors.

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