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Old 05-07-2022, 09:27 PM   #1
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Default Anyone else overrun with copperheads this year?

Not sure why thereís such an increase with them this year but they are thick around the houses and barns. One of the cats keeps getting bit at night. Been mowing over them lately. At night I no longer get out to open the gates without a spotlight. They are out tonight on the gravel roads.
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Old 05-07-2022, 09:29 PM   #2
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I haven’t seen one yet. That’s odd
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Old 05-07-2022, 09:32 PM   #3
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Guess I need to start hunting them.
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Old 05-07-2022, 09:38 PM   #4
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Saw one get a cow on the leg yesterday.
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Old 05-07-2022, 09:39 PM   #5
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Haven’t seen one yet. I’ve only seen two snakes all years both nonvenomous.
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Old 05-07-2022, 09:41 PM   #6
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Not a one. Coach whip and rat snakes
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Old 05-07-2022, 10:03 PM   #7
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Not copperheads but this year was the first year we saw a rattler in the back years. He didnít get a pass.


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Old 05-07-2022, 10:05 PM   #8
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I've seen 1 "scared the **** out of me snake" but no others. He was hiding under my trash can when I went to put it to the street.
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Old 05-07-2022, 10:36 PM   #9
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A friend of mine missed stepping on a copperhead by a few inches today near Milano, It was laying under the tongue of one of his trailers, an adult, about 2 feet long.
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Old 05-07-2022, 10:40 PM   #10
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We’ve seen a few more, especially near the house. Not what I would call a preponderance but their proximity has me a little concerned.
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Old 05-07-2022, 10:44 PM   #11
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Been expecting to see one any day. Haven’t seen a snake of any species
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Old 05-08-2022, 06:27 AM   #12
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Haven’t seen a one in Montague Co., Tarrant Co., etc
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Old 05-08-2022, 06:45 AM   #13
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Haven’t seen any yet in Montgomery. Typically one every other year or so. Did have a rat snake that I relocated behind my wood pile to let him do his job over there
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Old 05-08-2022, 07:00 AM   #14
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What county?
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Old 05-08-2022, 08:05 AM   #15
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I stepped on one last weekend picking dewberries at the local park. I got lucky and stepped on its head before it hit me. Kiddo saw it under my shoe and screamed then i cleared about 8ft in one leap. Im colorblind so those buggers are invisible to me unless they are stretched out fully and i can see the long silhouette.
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Old 05-08-2022, 09:01 AM   #16
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If I see one, I'd consider it being over run...
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Old 05-08-2022, 09:08 AM   #17
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I've stumbled upon 2 hog nosed and 2 coral snakes already this year. Until the last couple of days, it has been really dry so perhaps they are looking for water? I've read that snakes are more active in drought. I suspect they were coming up toward the areas I have water...
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Old 05-08-2022, 09:14 AM   #18
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Killed 2 small copperheads last weekend at our camp.


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Old 05-08-2022, 09:21 AM   #19
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My wife found two copperheads under some lumber a month ago, those have been the only snakes we have seen. I just cleared two areas of trash/brush piles and lots of yaupons. Multiple people have suspected the big brush/trash pile that was beside our driveway was an area that held a lot of snakes, not sure. Stray cats, liked hanging out on the other side of that large pile, I never found any signs of snakes around it. I loading up that whole pile in a 40 yard dumpster, it all went away.

After all of the brush clearing, I suspected we might start seeing more snakes around the house, looking for a new home. So far no snakes have been seen, since clearing and cleaning. I have also gone and walked the two bare areas, looking for snake tracks across the bare ground, it's very soft soil, so snakes should make easy to follow tracks. But I have not found one snake track across those two cleared areas.

Since we have moved here, we have killed two or three copperheads a year. I have seen one very large one, around 3 1/2 to 4 ft. long. All the rest have been 2 ft. or less.
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Old 05-08-2022, 11:19 AM   #20
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Killed 2 of them in my barn last week. One was the biggest I’ve ever seen.
And a cotton mouth the week before.

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Old 05-08-2022, 03:53 PM   #21
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I wish. That'd be awesome. We don't even have those here.
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Old 05-08-2022, 07:16 PM   #22
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Havenít seen any snakes out & about so far.


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Old 05-08-2022, 08:04 PM   #23
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Ran over a long one crossing the road. Was too dang tired to get out and see what it is. Thankful just to make it back to the house and get some much needed rest.
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:23 AM   #24
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First one of these this year.
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:30 AM   #25
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The places I frequent I've noticed a drastic decrease in snakes. I'm thinking hogs eat them?

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Old 05-09-2022, 08:32 AM   #26
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I've seen 2 so far in Limestone county. More than normal.
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:32 AM   #27
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That was last year for me in NTX. Went from killing 1 in last 15-20 years to killing 7 last year all around the barn right before dark.
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Old 05-09-2022, 08:52 AM   #28
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I killed one that was on top of the stacked cord of wood Saturday.
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Old 05-09-2022, 09:58 AM   #29
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This time of year I drive the neighborhood on UTV after dark to run them over on the road. I started marking calendar last year with kills per date. I am behind this year. Last year had 11 kills at this time but this year only 6.
First year I got 31, last year 26. Breaking the 31 record this year is looking tough.
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Old 05-09-2022, 10:05 AM   #30
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Default Anyone else overrun with copperheads this year?

Been living on the river a year this month. Killed a bunch when we moved in and have busted my rear on landscaping around the house plus cleanup down by the river. We have a big drain that had collected many year's worth of pecan limbs and other trash from the previous owner plus neighbors. I burned it last summer. Replaced 90% of the overgrown gardens around the house with white rock and got rid of huge bunches of overgrown iris and cannas. So far this year I've only seen our resident rat snake who gets a pass.

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Old 05-09-2022, 10:37 PM   #31
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Seems to be more of them than usual-- had two of the dogs bit on different occassions (and different snakes) while at my in-laws (Richardson/Garland area).
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Old 05-10-2022, 12:33 AM   #32
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This time of year I drive the neighborhood on UTV after dark to run them over on the road. I started marking calendar last year with kills per date. I am behind this year. Last year had 11 kills at this time but this year only 6.
First year I got 31, last year 26. Breaking the 31 record this year is looking tough.

This sounds like blast!
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Old 05-10-2022, 05:02 AM   #33
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Are the cicadas about to start hatching out maybe? CH's love em.
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Old 05-10-2022, 05:58 AM   #34
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First one of these this year.
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Many mistake this snake for a copperhead, as I did early on. Copperheads usually get a pass, but I will kill this snake with extreme prejudice!!
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Old 05-10-2022, 06:08 AM   #35
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What sort of snake is that Rocky?
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Old 05-10-2022, 06:10 AM   #36
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Cottonmouth.
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Old 05-10-2022, 06:28 AM   #37
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Many mistake this snake for a copperhead, as I did early on. Copperheads usually get a pass, but I will kill this snake with extreme prejudice!!
Yup. This was not near any houses so it got a pass. It looks big but it was only a foot long.
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Old 05-10-2022, 06:40 AM   #38
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I've killed 4 in the last 2 weekends in Tyler county. In 2019 we moved in and killed over 30 that summer. They love the pine trees.
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Old 05-10-2022, 08:32 AM   #39
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A man in Midlathon was bitten by a copper head last week that took refuge in his shop tool box. He opened the drawer and reached for a tool and bam. Dry bite though so he is lucky.

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Old 05-10-2022, 10:19 AM   #40
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Are the cicadas about to start hatching out maybe? CH's love em.
They snacking on June bugs hanging around the porch
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Old 05-10-2022, 10:19 AM   #41
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Killed two in Grandview outside my Mom's backdoor which opens to a carport two weeks ago. Got up early and stepped out the back door to check the weather. One was 3 feet away the other about a foot from the back door. Funny thing is I saw a Rat snake at the same backdoor the day before, which I let go so I loaded my pistol with Rat/Snake shot just in case I needed it. Walked inside grabbed and took care of the Copperheads.
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Old 05-10-2022, 10:42 AM   #42
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Been living on the river a year this month. Killed a bunch when we moved in and have busted my rear on landscaping around the house plus cleanup down by the river. We have a big drain that had collected many year's worth of pecan limbs and other trash from the previous owner plus neighbors. I burned it last summer. Replaced 90% of the overgrown gardens around the house with white rock and got rid of huge bunches of overgrown iris and cannas. So far this year I've only seen our resident rat snake who gets a pass.
That is great habitat management. Dont give them a reason to be there. Eliminate sources of food, shelter and water.
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Old 05-10-2022, 10:45 AM   #43
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I killed 7 yesterday, they seem to be everywhere up here this year. I haven't seen any other types but copperheads are all over. They have adapted to hang out up in cedar trees so watch yourself around them.
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Old 05-10-2022, 11:07 AM   #44
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Saw this little guy and decided my chores were finished till winterÖ
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Old 05-10-2022, 11:33 AM   #45
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Not sure why thereís such an increase with them this year but they are thick around the houses and barns. One of the cats keeps getting bit at night. Been mowing over them lately. At night I no longer get out to open the gates without a spotlight. They are out tonight on the gravel roads.
Where you at so I can stay away?
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Old 05-10-2022, 01:13 PM   #46
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First one of these this year.
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Old 05-10-2022, 03:18 PM   #47
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Where you at so I can stay away?
Drive to the Red River in Montague County. Stop and get out long enough to listen for loud screams. If you hear screams, get in your vehicle and keep on driving.
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