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As spring warms up, snakes emerge

WILD IDEAS

Recently I was rambling around in back of my house, on Oventop Mountain. In navigating the many fallen logs and piles of stones up there, I kept my eye out for snakes, although I thought it was still a bit early for them to be out. As much as I love them, I have no desire to step on them, for both our sakes. A sunny afternoon, the temperature was in the low 60s, but a breeze made it seem cooler. I found a trail that led me to a forest glade with a brook running along its edge. With the trees not yet leafed out above, sunlight flooded the glade, and the brook was so inviting that I looked for a downed tree to sit on and relax for a while. On such occasions, I try to find a tree with enough clearance between it and the ground that I can see under it, or one lying on the ground with no holes

Pam Owen

under it that could shelter a snake, such as the venomous timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus). Although not aggressive, this species, like most snakes, can defend itself when startled or threatened. I saw the perfect tree — plenty of clearance between it and the ground, and no underbrush around it. It and another downed tree formed a “v” pointing away from the brook. As I made my way over to it, however, I noticed a large (about four-foot-long), thick-bodied, brown snake right in the center of the “v,” basking in the sunlight. I froze, quickly checking for characteristics (points) to identify the species. I was thrilled to see such a large snake, but I’ve also learned from my snake-hunting days as a kid to be careful around them. The northern copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix mokasen) was the only venomous one in the “wilds” of Fairfax County, where I grew up, and it is the only venomous snake, other than the timber rattler, up around where I live now. Like the rattler, it’s also not aggressive and will usually retreat if given the opportunity

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