Good lookin' snake.
He must have shed recently.
I've caught quite a few snakes over the years, including a rattler or three, and have brought home gopher snakes, king snakes, garter snakes, rosy boas...
The venomous guys are strictly catch and release.
Unless they're hanging out in the neighborhood. Then they're catch, kill, and grill.
DAMN! That takes nuts! I don't really like snakes, but I could never kill one just because I was afraid of it. I don't understand why everyone's first reaction is always "chop its head off!"
Since I was around 10 years old, I've caught literally a couple hundred or more snakes. However, I've always stuck to the non-venomous types. I did catch one cottonmouth with one of those trigger-lever clamp type snake sticks, but to me that's cheating. Going into dentistry, I've always valued my hands a bit too much to take unnecessary risks. But I always figured if I ever go bare-handed for one, a copperhead is probably the least-venomous in North America and the safest catch. And this guy wasn't aggressive at all. It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up, and a major adrenaline rush. Plus I left dentistry in October on disability due to back and neck problems. If I lose a hand now, I'm not using it for anything important anyway, lol.
Sorry to hear about your back thumpa.
poisonous snakes on my property die--I'm not allowing one to bite my dogs or my cats. Non-poisonous get relocated if they are too close to the house.
I would prefer to relocate all, but, if they are residing in my circle, we've got an issue.
I did relocate a non-poisonous snake the other day using a pvc pipe and rope. Didn't seem to hurt him, but, I'll probably make an improved version soon. I don't like to hurt/kill snakes if I don't believe it's a necessity.
I also don't like to handle them. Poisonous or not, they can bit and do some damage.
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