Let’s just assume I have a witty “I am so tired of these m-f-ing snakes on this m-f-ing [noun]!” joke and move on, okay? Fox5 reports that there have been two unrelated incidents of copperhead snakes biting pedestrians in SE. Copperheads are an indigenous species in this area, so this is the kind of thing that can happen, so here are some quick facts:
You’ll never remember all the specific details about copperhead coloring, so just remember that it’s supposed to help them blend in with dead leaves on a forest floor. So lots of different shades of brown, including, you know, copper. At the head.
Copperhead venom is not usually deadly, but can cause tissue damage and pain and all that stuff. So if bitten, seek immediate medical attention, but don’t panic. Panicking will cause your heart to race, which will just accelerate the venom circulating in your system. Keep the bitten body part lower than your heart, and get to a hospital. Same deal with a bitten pet- try to keep your animal from thrashing around a lot, and get him to an emergency vet.
Keeping your yard (if you have one) free of debris and other attractive snake-sized hiding places will keep your yard mostly snake-free. Don’t reach into dark spaces with your bare hand. The snake will prefer to retreat, or freeze in place, rather than attack, unless you’re reeeeeeally close to it. Or poking it with a stick. In other words, don’t be a moron, this is a wild animal we’re talking about here.
Read more about copperhead snakes, including fun science facts! (Did you know pit viper is an actual subtype of snakes? I sure didn’t…)