In the early spring, it is common to see baby copperhead snakes in the garden.
These hatchlings are usually about a foot long and can be distinguished from other snake species by their reddish-brown coloration with lighter-colored bands that look like rings around them.
They also have vertical black striping down their backs.
How To Identify A Baby Copperhead Snake.
If you’re still not sure whether or not what you’ve found is a baby copperhead snake, take a close-up photo of it and post it to Facebook for identification!
Copperhead snakes have a reputation for being aggressive, but in reality, they rarely bite people unless they are provoked or stepped on.
When threatened, they will coil up and shake the end of their tail to warn potential attackers before releasing a foul-smelling musk.
If this doesn’t work, copperheads will strike at whatever is disturbing them using short quick movements of the head followed by striking again if necessary until the threat has been removed or killed.
The most effective means of deterring copperheads is to make loud noises or otherwise frighten them (they are easily frightened) before they feel the need to bite.
The Coppehead is one of the most common snakes in North America, it’s also one of the most feared. This fear stems from misinformation and misunderstanding.
Temperament In The Wild.
Unlike most other snakes these hatchlings are active during daylight hours. In fact, if a copperhead is found after dark without any light nearby it is more than likely an adult snake hunting for food!
While this is not common among copperheads, there have been cases observed where wild copperheads will strike out at something for no apparent reason and occasionally cause injury to a human in the process.
If you see one, remember that these animals play an important role as both predators and scavengers.
How Bad Is A Copperhead Bite?
If a person is bitten by a snake that is not venomous, the most pain associated with the bite would be from
(1) muscle tissue being traumatized when the snake’s teeth break through the skin;
or (2) an allergic reaction to proteins found in the snake’s saliva which circulates in your bloodstream after it bites you.
There can also be a pain if whoever gets bit had any sensitive spots where you’re bitten because of nerves being disrupted around there before they start up again as they heal It should go without saying but whatever you do, don’t scratch or pick at the area!
Scratching will just make things worse while picking at the skin around a bite wound could introduce bacteria or dirt from your fingernails into it and make you sick.
All that said, copperhead bites are not known to be fatal…
First, if you’ve been bitten by a snake in North America it’s most likely going to be one of two species – either a rattlesnake or a copperhead.
What To Do If Bitten By A Copperhead Snake.
It is also important to note that, if you’ve been bitten, the quicker you get yourself to a hospital and receive anti-venom treatment the better your chances of survival.
Better still, don’t try to “handle” snakes on your own – even ones that
(1) definitely aren’t venomous and
(2) are baby snakes that only come up to your ankle.
If you have found a young copperhead snake in your yard, there is no reason to panic.
Copperheads play an essential part in the environment by keeping populations of other small animals under control such as rats and mice.
In fact, copperheads are actually under threat due to human encroachment on their habitat!
Adding your garden or property to a conservation area helps protect these little guys from being harmed by humans who may interfere with them unknowingly.
Since young copperheads can be difficult to tell apart from their close relative the young cottonmouth snake it’s best not to handle any snakes of this species that you find yourself rather than risk accidentally handling the wrong snake and getting bit!
If you do move it make sure to use a dustpan or shovel and move it far away from your home.
Protect Your Dogs.
Also, be sure to keep your dogs on leashes whenever they are in the garden and never let them go outside unsupervised!
Dogs can potentially mistake baby copperheads for sticks or toys and play with them before realizing their mistake.
This could lead to serious injury or even death for the snake so make sure to keep an eye out!
If you do find a baby copperhead snake in your yard, it’s best to leave the little thing alone.
Mother snakes can lay up to 15 eggs at one time and they take between 60 and 70 days to hatch.
If young are found by people, they may inadvertently kill them if they try to move or touch them. For this reason, it is safest for both the babies and anyone trying to handle them if left alone!
In most cases, these types of snakes will not bother people unless provoked. They rely on camouflage as their primary protection (as opposed to venom), which means that they typically avoid contact with people at all costs.
Normally these kinds of snakes will only strike when threatened or cornered – so feel free to take a picture of one this spring, but leave it alone once you’ve snapped away!
If you do find a copperhead baby snake that has been killed or appears to be in distress then contact an accredited wildlife rehabilitator for assistance.
Here are some helpful tips.
- Make sure you can see where you are stepping and be aware of your surroundings before moving through tall grass or wooded areas. This is the best way to prevent being accidentally stepped on or brushed up against one of these snakes.
- Don’t try to pick up baby copperheads if they cross your path, as even the gentlest babies will bite in self-defense! It’s safer for everyone involved if left alone until it finds its own way out of harm’s way.
If you have any questions about copperheads, let us know in the comments below!