close encounter

Let’s play a game of “I spy,” shall we? I spy something brown. Look in this picture and see if you can find it:

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You probably found it, but in case you missed it, here it is highlighted:

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Do you know what that is? Why, that’s a copperhead, a poisonous pit viper found throughout the southeastern United States. I was clearing out some leaves when I felt something brush against my leg, and I looked down to see this gorgeous creature. Actually, I hate snakes, so after much deliberation with my brother and carefully clearing the surrounding leaves, I killed it with a shovel. It kept moving for quite some time so I attempted to sever its head with a hoe but the ground was too soft, causing the head to remain dangling on.

I’ve come to regret the decision somewhat, since the snake wasn’t that great a threat to me and he really, really thought I couldn’t see him if he didn’t move. Of course, copperheads are not a threatened or endangered species so one less poisonous snake isn’t a significant loss. Here are a few more pictures:

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What worries me is that he probably had a little snake family. They’re probably slithering around, infuriated and eager to inject their venom into my leg. Ugh, I hate snakes.

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