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Old 08-30-2014, 05:35 PM
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A Missouri man died after being bitten on the hand three times by a copperhead that he picked up to show to his 11-year-old son.

He died within about 30 minutes of being bitten.

Obviously, he didn't recognize the snake as being poisonous. And he didn't know (or follow) one of the most important wilderness rules:

Don't mess with the wildlife unless you intend to eat it.


Snakes are fair game and good eating if you're hungry. But there are poisonous snakes that are off-colored for their species (like albino coral snakes) and if you just happen to decide to play with one because snakes are so much fun...

...Hey! Sorry boutch'yer luck!

(And what snake ever asked to be messed with, anyway?)

If wishes were, the man have just called his son over and said "Look at this snake."

Then they'd have both watched it go on about its business from six feet away, while the father taught his son an important rule about survival.



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A Missouri man died after being bitten on the hand three times by a copperhead that he picked up to show to his 11-year-old son.

He died within about 30 minutes of being bitten.

Obviously, he didn't recognize the snake as being poisonous. And he didn't know (or follow) one of the most important wilderness rules:

Don't mess with the wildlife unless you intend to eat it.


Snakes are fair game and good eating if you're hungry. But there are poisonous snakes that are off-colored for their species (like albino coral snakes) and if you just happen to decide to play with one because snakes are so much fun...

...Hey! Sorry boutch'yer luck!

(And what snake ever asked to be messed with, anyway?)

If wishes were, the man have just called his son over and said "Look at this snake."

Then they'd have both watched it go on about its business from six feet away, while the father taught his son an important rule about survival.



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In my area copperheads are pretty brightly colored,even when mature.I was doing some whitewater in W Va on the New River and ran across one that was so dark I almost didn't see it because it blended so well with the dark gray rocks on the banks.... the pattern said copperhead but the color was way off for what Im used to...I left it alone....its what you are supposed to do
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I'm gonna disagree.

We have had a huge copperhead problem on my property. One day my dog and I were walking in the backyard and saw a huge King snake. King snakes eat other snakes, including the poisonous snakes as they are immune to the venom.

So I like King snakes. I haven't seen a copperhead since the King snake moved in.

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I'm gonna disagree.

We have had a huge copperhead problem on my property. One day my dog and I were walking in the backyard and saw a huge King snake. King snakes eat other snakes, including the poisonous snakes as they are immune to the venom.

So I like King snakes. I haven't seen a copperhead since the King snake moved in.

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I'm gonna disagree as well. Without snakes, the rats and mice would takeover everything.
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I'm gonna disagree.

We have had a huge copperhead problem on my property. One day my dog and I were walking in the backyard and saw a huge King snake. King snakes eat other snakes, including the poisonous snakes as they are immune to the venom.

So I like King snakes. I haven't seen a copperhead since the King snake moved in.

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that lives in my shop, and he has a place to stay as long as he wants, haven't seen a copperhead this year, been bit by those a couple of times, they aint fun, have seen some odd coloration copperheads, from almost mud brown to black, to bright orange almost, they get big down here, have the skin of a 5 foot female hanging over my fireplace, only reason I killed her was she was doing her damnbdest to get me (bush hawging) cant imagine a copperhead being docile enough for anyone to think they could pick it up, every one ive ever seen, if you spotted it, was coiled up, cocked and locked ready to bite. times ive been bit have been either reaching into something ( junk truck) or stepping on ( why I don't wear sneakers salvaging anymore). that sounds like one of those "hey ya'll watch this" moments, where alcohol was heavily involved.
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I have a pet snake, non-venomous of course

People are stupid to play with snakes, especially when they dont know if its poisonous or not.

I dont pick up random snakes. Even if they are not poisonous they can still have plenty of nasty bacteria in their mouth to infect the wound when they bite you.
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Poor kid! Jeez, that's a hard thing.
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I have no issues with snakes, but I have respect for what can happen to you.
I used to kind of blow it off (young and dumb, I guess), then I had a snake bite victim in my ER:

Central FL, circa '95-'96? Physically fit 17YO WM, was fishing with a buddy around a drainage pond that was directly behind a FD substation.
Gets tagged by a mocassin on the ankle, incision marks were almost two inches apart - big snake. A couple of the FD guys went out and caught the snake, killed it and brought it in (partly to make sure we had correct ID, and also cause they didn't want the big SOB near their station...) Thing was a monster.

Like I said, kid was literally feet from responders, they had him to us in <5 min.
Used all our in-house antivenin, and we had stuff coming in from other hospitals. This kid was CTD (circling the drain, i.e. not good) for quite a while... Finally stabilized him, but I heard he ended up with some nasty necrosis around the bite.
Scary, because he was healthy, got almost immediate care, and still almost died. Someone more compromised, or younger/older, would have succumbed.
I'm not phobic or anything, but I'm not as cavalier with poisonous snakes anymore.
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Wait, 3 bites? OMG thats too much.

We need to ban assault snakes, We must limit the bites a snake can deliver to just one. They do not 3 bites its too much. Think of the children!
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Copperheads are small but pack more of a punch than what most think. I wonder if he picked up a young one because its birthing season. Also, they typically empty their venom sacs in whatever messes with them.
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I'm guessing 90% plus of snakes are beneficial to man. If you kill all the snakes, you're asking for rodent infestation.
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Another Darwin Award winner.

Venomous snakes I'll dispatch with extreme prejudice. A moccasin got my dog in the face last year and I almost lost her.

OTOH I leave the rat/chicken snakes alone because they are non poisonous and they eat the frogs that drive me nuts with their caterwauling around the pond.
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We have cottenmouths where I live now. Needless to say, shoot to kill! They are very aggressive! and deadly!
Among other snakes, I hate them.
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Wife found a copperhead in our garage tonight.

6 ft of 2" PVC conduit did the trick.
May he rest in peace.

Struck at the conduit as I hit him. Suckers are fast!

They're all over this year.
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Happy Snake. So don't go fooling around with them, just leave them alone!
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The man from Missouri was a moron & I honestly have no sympathy for his stupidity.

Seriously, there are only 2 types of venomous snakes in north america. Coral snakes & Pit vipers.

Both are easily recognizable if you know what to look for. Leave them alone & everything will be fine. Is that really so difficult?
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Sulphur pellets keeps snakes away. Get a bag at most feed stores. I have them in my preps
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Three times??? Once didn't teach him a lesson?

I love snakes. I even love rattlers. Fascinating & beautiful creatures. However I understand they don't love me. If I had a pit viper near my front or back yard I'd probably kill it if I didn't have a safe way to catch and relocate it but that is about the only reason. In the field I always allow Mr. Snake the right-of-way.

My dogs are vaccinated and trained in snake avoidance. They are a fact of life if you want to be in their territory.

Up close and personal with a telephoto lens. He's only trying to figure out what I am.

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Whatever happened to being taught to treat every snake as if it was poisonous? Just like you treat every gun like it's loaded. It's way too dangerous to make a mistake with either one of them.
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