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Old 10-07-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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So coming home to watch some college football yesterday, and see something in the middle of the cul de sac where plenty of kids play. I took a semester of herpetology in college so I'm pretty good at snake identification. I tend to be a little benevolent to my colubrid friends especially kings and indigos. I get out or the car and this little guy shows me how pretty his white mouth is, so I decide to show him how pretty my black tire is. Here is what is left.
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Old 10-07-2012, 10:52 AM   #2
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From the looks of the last three inches of its tail ,I'd say LITTLE COPPERHEAD......It can put a hurtin on an adult ......may kill a child...where theres one , theres many......Feel any better?
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Hard ta tell with a mangled body....heck should have got closer to it! Tail section sorta looks like a copper head...
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I'm sorry I thought the white mouth was clue enough, it was a moccasin.
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when in doubt take it out. i have mistakenly killed several banded water snakes. that is the curse of mimicry.
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The other tip was the green tail of course the slit pupils but I wasn't getting that close.
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Looks like a dead one to me. Sea-r-cy
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:14 PM   #8
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The other tip was the green tail of course the slit pupils but I wasn't getting that close.
If the end of the tail was green, then it was a young copperhead. It's a hunting mechanism, until they get larger. They twitch it to attract grub eating critters. Kinda like fishing.
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If the end of the tail was green, then it was a young copperhead. It's a hunting mechanism, until they get larger. They twitch it to attract grub eating critters. Kinda like fishing.
Juvenile moccasins have the same tip.
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Juvy moccasins are often mistaken for copperheads. I thought their tail was usually yellow tipped ?
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