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    Copperhead Question

    I'm not sure if its been asked before and I couldn't find anything on this. Does anyone know if Copperheads run in packs or anything similar? More particulary, my question is "if you see one, does that necessarily mean there are more copperheads near by"? I found a VERY large one last fall trying to enter my garden. It got killed (don't be hatn' on me). Does this mean there are more? Maybe babies or a mate or something to look out for this year near same location? Having seen that ONE, should I be extra vigelent this year when gardening?

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    Copperheads are native to our area. If you've seen one then you should most certainly ALWAYS assume there are more no matter how many you kill.
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    I eat copperheads for breakfast.

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    It's a shame Rod Rugg is no longer around, I'm sure he would have the perfect response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    It's a shame Rod Rugg is no longer around, I'm sure he would have the perfect response.
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    Do they nest in bunches? Not that I'm aware of. Had a baby one in my garage three years ago, not seen one since that close to the house. And I wont hate, but I will say they are great at vermin control. Between them and the one cat, I have yet to see any rodents in my house. I saw far more mice at my old house on Chancellors Run.
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    I don't know if it's true or not, but black snakes are supposed to keep copperheads away. Both are good for keeping rodents under control. That being said, I'd rather have a black snake around the property than a copperhead. We've only seen 1 at our place, and it was squished in the road out front. Thankfully, because it was a biggun. But the safe bet is where you see one, expect to see more. Not as in the exact spot, but on the same property.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glhs837 View Post
    Do they nest in bunches? Not that I'm aware of. Had a baby one in my garage three years ago, not seen one since that close to the house. And I wont hate, but I will say they are great at vermin control. Between them and the one cat, I have yet to see any rodents in my house. I saw far more mice at my old house on Chancellors Run.
    Well I guess I'm different then you. I would prefer rodents to snakes or prefer cats for vermin control than snakes. Even more so if its poisoneous snakes that could strike at me or any of my animals and hurt anyone. If its a regular non poisoneous snakes, I still get creeped out, but I try not to kill them or if small enough I relocate it down the street into woods or beg a friend to help. Copperheads, endangered or not, I do NOT want on the property much less a common area that I frequent (the garden). This one was pretty large. The guy that does my yard service year before last said he saw a very large copperhead but he was unable to get it with his weed whacker It had ducked under something. I'm hoping this was the same one that got caught and killed last year and hoping they don't run in packs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huntr1 View Post
    I don't know if it's true or not, but black snakes are supposed to keep copperheads away. Both are good for keeping rodents under control. That being said, I'd rather have a black snake around the property than a copperhead. We've only seen 1 at our place, and it was squished in the road out front. Thankfully, because it was a biggun. But the safe bet is where you see one, expect to see more. Not as in the exact spot, but on the same property.
    Thanks! I never liked black snakes either until the copperhead visit. Now I almost welcome them if they kill copperheads. Black snakes seem more timid. From my experience, copperheads don't seem to fear people at all and are not "more afraid of you then you are them".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketmd View Post
    Thanks! I never liked black snakes either until the copperhead visit. Now I almost welcome them if they kill copperheads. Black snakes seem more timid. From my experience, copperheads don't seem to fear people at all and are not "more afraid of you then you are them".
    My helper with the horses doesn't like snakes at all. He was driving the pick-up and tried to aim and run over one that was in the road, I was like NO DON'T KILL IT! That poor snake realized something was coming and hauled butt to get across the road. I don't care for the poisonous ones either, but when I came across a baby copperhead when I was cleaning the horse stall, I put it in the nearby woods and told it not to come back (in a stern voice) lol. I fully realized that with finding 1 baby, I was likely to come across many more, but I never saw any more that year.
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