Copperheads or pit vipers, or the American moccasin, are just one of the 5 species of copperheads. The northern copperhead is the most common here in Georgia and Metro Atlanta. They’re also found anywhere from Alabama to Massachusetts and even west to Illinois.
How do I know if it's a copperhead?
Copperheads have a distinct pattern that stays uniform throughout their lives. Their markings are dark brown in color. They have thin bands over their spine and widen as they approach the sides of the belly.
Are copperheads dangerous?
Copperheads tend to have a lifespan of around 18 years. Copperheads are extremely venomous and should be dealt with caution when trying to remove them from your yards. Their venom is a release of hemolytic venom. This venom causes the breakdown of red blood cells used to subdue prey.
When are copperheads active in my yard?
Copperheads are more active in the spring, this is also when they mate, as they hibernate in the winter months. Their dens are often near the borders of marshes, creeks, rivers and lakes. Typically, you can find these dens made of rocks. When they are active you will mostly find them in wood and saw dust piles as well as leaf piles. You can find them in junkyards and abandoned farm buildings and old construction areas.
How can you prevent copperheads from inhabiting your yard?
You can start by clearing out any leaf piles, rocks and trash around the home. The elimination of tall grass and vegetation will also help with his issue as well as keeping bushes pruned off the ground and keeping them clear of debris.
Now that we are entering into the spring months, we can expect to see an influx of snakes. If you see a copperhead on your property, take care when dealing with them. If you're concerned about snakes you see in your yard, contact us for safe, easy removal.