Rescued this beauty from a home in Chapel Hill, NC. Their 6-year-old daughter saw it. He’s been captured and taken to a new place.
One reason for a possible increase in Copperheads is a wide scale decline in the Eastern King Snake. It is a true predator of the Copperhead. The King Snake decline is due to habitat destruction. The Copperhead adapted to sub-urbanization very well. The Eastern King Snake did not. This is according to a large study done in the 90’s.
How do we avoid Copperheads?
How do we keep them away from our yard?
Clear cut and pave your lot. 😜
Seriously. Be vigilant! Especially during June-August in central, NC. Study images of Copperheads. This trains your mind to recognize them more readily.
If you are outdoors in natural areas, wear sneakers or boots. Before you work in the yard, inspect the area using a rake to sift through the ground cover and natural areas. If you are gardening or using your hands, wear heavy leather gloves. Cut the grass very low. Clear rocky areas, wood piles, wood stumps, etc.
Check ahead before sending the kids out. Inspect the areas your children play in. Show them pictures. Educate yourselves and them about Copperheads. See link below.
In the peak of summer, Copperheads become mostly nocturnal. Use a flashlight and a walking stick if you are out at night. Keep walk ways and pathways clear of debris.
Did you know they seek out fresh Cicada larvae as they emerge from their shells? Cicada blooms tend to occur around the base of oak trees. If you see the empty Cicada shells be alert!
Copperhead’s main food is mice. If you have bird feeders or pet food or any food source outside the house or in the garage you are attracting mice. Copperheads follow mice. So... if you want to feed the birds consider moving the feeders further away from the house.
Snake ID and Education