Well, I feel like a jerk.

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  1. FL-NC

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    41- that's a big copperhead!
     
  2. Flintknapper

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    Yep, that's a big 'Southern'. We have the 'broadband' where I live too.

    Useful snake in the right environment.
     
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    It sure was and the only reason it got a pass.I've seen a couple that were about as thick but none that long. I figured it had been around long enough eatin rats to get that big, I wasn't going to hasten it along to Glory Land.

    Now the hogs that run that swampy bottom I cut it loose in might have had other ideas if they came across it.
     
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    I leave them all be. I'd rather have snakes, either poisonous or non, then have the vermin they eat.

    I just make sure I educate my kids (and wife, who's from Michigan) which is which so they have a healthy respect for them.
     
  5. Sniper66

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    When I was a kid we killed black snakes because we had chickens and they would eat the eggs and small chicks. My mom was hell on snakes with a garden hoe. Now I never kill snakes. They are useful critters.
     
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    Last year I saw a blacksnake crawling under one of my nesting hens to get to the eggs.
     
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    If I remember correctly-

    red and yellow kill a fellow
    red and black venom lack....


    If the red is next to yellow it is a coral. If red is next to black on the snake it is something else, I dont recall which snake. Someone will probably chime im. Thank you.
     
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    I always heard "red on yellow" kill a fellow.

    Red on black is a scarlet king snake...I think.
     
  9. jimmyraythomason

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    A big copperhead to be sure...but not as big as they can get. In the 1970s I killed 2 copperheads between my father-in-law's chicken houses and his pond. One was 58" long and the other was 59" long. I let 2 bigger ones get away because I was intimidated by their size and that hoe handle wasn't nearly long enough! Blount County, Alabama. ETA, until then the largest copperhead I knew of was 42" that my dad killed in his feed room. It was lying along the threshold unseen and dad had stepped over it several times before he saw it.
     
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    California Mountain King Snake is a similar one.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_mountain_kingsnake

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    ^^^^^^^ As is the Scarlet King, certain Milk Snakes, Shovel nosed Snake.

    There is a certain danger in relying on the popular saying "Red Touch Yellow", as it is not 100% accurate and also does not account for Melanistic individuals or for albinism.

    But we are now WAY off topic since the original post/subject in no way involved a Coral Snake as a possible mis-identification. ;)

    Snakes are a fun subject however.
     
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    I believe that it was in Peter Capstick's DEATH IN THE LONG GRASS where he described a Mamba in their outhouse on one safari. He burned the outhouse. No mamba. Thinking that it might have made it to his tent he burned the tent. No Mamba. Days later they saw it near a hole in the high river bank behind where the outhouse had been.

    He hated them.
     
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