I read conflicting posts on copperheads. I live in Mechanicsville, MD, and believe we have copperheads but see stories they are mostly located in northern areas. Even after looking at photos of copperheads and thoroughly reading descriptions, I am still never sure about what is what. We have different kinds of snakes. Yesterday I was raking leaves and one pile of leaves I turned over had a snake that turned over at the same time. All I saw was the belly which was white and seemingly with a row of squares on it. So I have two questions, does this sound like a copperhead? And if I'm leaf-blowing damp leaves or weed whacking, will the noise scare them away before I come face to face with it?