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Old 07-30-2021, 10:22 AM   #1
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Let me preface this with, I am not one who believes all snakes are evil and should die, but I am definitely not a fan of snakes. Anyways, it's been almost 4 years since we moved to our little 10 acres in the woods, and I have killed 1 copperhead and 1 coral snake. I haven't even seen but one more copperhead further back on the property...until the other night.

I got home after dark and walked up the porch to go inside. As I was walking in, I flicked the porch light on and turned to close the door but something caught my eye before it closed. It was a copperhead sitting on the railing of the porch. I slammed the door and quickly grabbed my machete to take care of him. By the time I got back out he knew the jig was up and started to slither down the railing. Luckily I had enough time to smack him once mid body to make sure he didn't get away, and half of his body went flying off the porch.

When I walked off the porch to grab the front half of the snakes body I caught more movement...another freaking copperhead was right under me! So I lopped his head off real quick and wondered what the odds of seeing two right after one another was. The next thought was, "I need to take a quick glance around the yard just to make sure"...

Well that thought turned the next 20 minutes of my life into a nightmarish dream.

I walked 15 yards and saw a copperhead slithering across the driveway...Whack, he's gone. I pull my flashlight up and 10 yards away is a waaaay bigger copperhead moving in the yard...Whack, he's gone. I get my flashlight up yet again and 15 yards away is another copperhead trying to get to a tree for cover...Whack, he's gone. This happens within 3 minutes, and at this point I stop for a second and realize what has just transpired and think "Holy crap that was crazy and my adrenaline is pumping! What a story I'm going to have". Just then, movement, another copperhead 10 yards away, bigger yet again...Whack, he's gone. I focus again and draw my flashlight up to scan the yard. 20 yards away, more movement, smaller copperhead (very young)...Whack, he's gone. Not but 5 yards from that one, another copperhead...Whack, he's gone. I've made it across the entire front of the yard at this point and turn around to go back for one more pass just to make sure, and what do ya know, another friggin copperhead...Whack, he's gone.

It's 10:00 at night now and I shout out loud "Holy S*** I'm in an actual nightmare!" Well maybe that scared any more off because I saw no more after that. Needless to say the overdose of adrenaline had me up past my bedtime by a couple hours. That, and I couldn't close my eyes and not see snakes.

Careful out there fellas! Anyone ever seen this many in a half acre area at one time? Any ideas what drew them all out at the same time?
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:25 AM   #2
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:25 AM   #3
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Wow.... that’s all I got
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:25 AM   #4
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:27 AM   #5
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Nightmare for sure. That is freaking crazy man.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:28 AM   #6
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Dang!
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:29 AM   #7
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This time of year, they congregate anywhere there are trees at night to eat cicadas as they emerge. I can guarantee you that's why there were there.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:31 AM   #8
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This time of year, they congregate anywhere there are trees at night to eat cicadas as they emerge. I can guarantee you that's why there were there.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:32 AM   #9
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Good lord...I would need a strong cocktail or 5 after that....
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:32 AM   #10
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:32 AM   #11
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Cicadas are out now.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:33 AM   #12
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:35 AM   #13
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My business partner was bit by one last year right around the time cicadas were hatching. They will pile up under oak trees when they hatch. You said you turned to porch light on and saw them there.. curious if there was a food source or if that is a light you leave on often? Crazy!
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:37 AM   #14
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You done good is all I can say
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:37 AM   #15
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Yikes is all I got. Glad you made it through unscathed other than the near heart attack I'm sure.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:41 AM   #16
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You need cat'S'....or a VERY large burn it all down fire! YIKES!!!!
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:41 AM   #17
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Wow.
Keep a shotgun close to your door before you step out. Stay safe partner
That's a lot of trouble rt there
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:41 AM   #18
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My business partner was bit by one last year right around the time cicadas were hatching. They will pile up under oak trees when they hatch. You said you turned to porch light on and saw them there.. curious if there was a food source or if that is a light you leave on often? Crazy!
The cicadas make a lot of sense. There was not a food source on the porch, and typically the light is on all night, but I didn't turn it on when I left that day. So when I came home it was pitch black. I walked within 1' of the first snake.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:41 AM   #19
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i'd burn the whole 10 acres down!
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:42 AM   #20
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would be amazing if you have security cam footage or something of all this ninja choppin you did, haha
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:42 AM   #21
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You missed the chance to spell "SNAKE" using actual snakes on your tailgate.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:44 AM   #22
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would be amazing if you have security cam footage or something of all this ninja choppin you did, haha
Haha a buddy of mine said a GoPro would have been awesome! There was just no time to think about that. My mind was focused on slay and survive! Lol
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:45 AM   #23
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i'd burn the whole 10 acres down!
Beat me to it! I’d never be able to sleep in that house again!
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:47 AM   #24
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Like others have said, it is the Cicadas hatch. Have a good friend that uses a lantern during the hatch, rides around his place on a golf cart a few nights a week killing them. He kills a crazy amount some nights.
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:54 AM   #25
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Wow!!!
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:56 AM   #26
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You need a few cats around your house, that’s pretty crazy
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Old 07-30-2021, 10:59 AM   #27
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When I first moved to my current home we had a lot of water moccasins. My son and I went out nightly killing them off . It’s been 11 years since I’ve seen one around here. I would suggest to go out at night a few times to look for them, you mite have a little breeding ground there .
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:00 AM   #28
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You need cat'S'....or a VERY large burn it all down fire! YIKES!!!!
I can only imagine how you would have reacted to that many copperheads.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:05 AM   #29
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CrapOla !
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:06 AM   #30
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We see a thread like this every couple of years. Put the date on next years calender.......
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:09 AM   #31
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Nope! Hard pass! I like snakes, the nonvenomous kind. That's a whole lotta Nope Ropes for me.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:09 AM   #32
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:10 AM   #33
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Wow screw the machete I like a little more distance! Be interesting to see if you find anymore over the next few nights
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:12 AM   #34
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That's awesome. Lots of money crawling around down there right now.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:14 AM   #35
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You need a few cats around your house, that’s pretty crazy
What do the cats do to deter Copperheads? I have a bunch of farrow cats where I live and I was getting ready to trap and relocate, but maybe not as I have not seen one copperhead around, and we have a like a pecan grove through our front and back yard 2 acres.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:14 AM   #36
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One question….is the house pier & beam?
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:16 AM   #37
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:17 AM   #38
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That's awesome. Lots of money crawling around down there right now.
Out of curiosity, how do you monetize snakes?
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:22 AM   #39
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Out of curiosity, how do you monetize snakes?
I have a buddy that buys them. There was a guy on here buying copperheads and stuff to snake break dogs with a while back.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:23 AM   #40
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We are remodeling an old farm house and when they went to pull back some rotted wood on the window seals, copperheads started bailing out. They had hatched in the insulation under the window. I heard the workers were going in every direction and they only killed two but there was a whole batch of them in there!!
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:28 AM   #41
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I don't know why, but I always look under my desk after reading a snake thread.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:28 AM   #42
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Those all appear to be broad-banded copperheads, and not the usual eastern species--
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:33 AM   #43
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Yard Cats is what you need. Out neighbor has cats and feeds them just enough for them to know they live there. Have not seen a Copperhead in over 5 years..
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:35 AM   #44
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What do the cats do to deter Copperheads? I have a bunch of farrow cats where I live and I was getting ready to trap and relocate, but maybe not as I have not seen one copperhead around, and we have a like a pecan grove through our front and back yard 2 acres.
Cats will kill and eat them. In the over 5 years we have lived in our house we have only seen 2 snakes, both Rat Snakes. There used to be Copperheads everywhere. Brought in cats and the snakes left
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:38 AM   #45
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Same thing happened to me at my old property one summer. Ended up killing 31 that summer but after that it was back to normal.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:38 AM   #46
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Napalm the entire 10-acres.
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:42 AM   #47
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:44 AM   #48
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Holy crap glad you guys are ok
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Old 07-30-2021, 11:46 AM   #49
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Nope! Pretty sure I would have died in that nightmare


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Old 07-30-2021, 11:53 AM   #50
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Wow….. that is a ‘b’ movie horror flick story. And I agree with the other guy….. a machete is to close and personal. Give me a pump shotgun every time.


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