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Old 08-05-2019, 07:10 AM   #1
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Exclamation Copperhead killing spree

Ok so a little backstory. Last year around this time I killed my first copperhead at the new house. It was in a flowerbed right behind our patio. Growing up in East Texas Ive seen my fair share of copperheads, even had one strike my shoe as a kid! Well the very next night my dog was bit. This was not a coincidence. I went outside the very next night with a headlamp to see if I could find one. Now heres where the story turns...

Headlamp, no shoes, no pants, only using a tee ball bat I killed 7 snakes that night, and the next night and the next night and the next night. I ended up killing 27 copperhead snakes in my 1.5 acre manicured lawn...

Turns out, they were all going to the oak trees in my yard to eat the cicadas coming out of the ground. I would have them coming toward a specific flower bed from all directions. I would kill one and turn around and there was another one coming towards me.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:12 AM   #2
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I’d be cutting down an oak tree.

Dang
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:13 AM   #3
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Thats wild. I have a feeling our new property is going to be similar. We're seeing a ton even in the day time.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:14 AM   #4
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Id be cutting down an oak tree.

Dang


Id be using a flame thrower...


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Old 08-05-2019, 07:19 AM   #5
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Id be cutting down an oak tree.

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Id be putting some shoes on!


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Old 08-05-2019, 07:27 AM   #6
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There was a story somewhere, where the previous owner killed every possum they saw. Over the next few years the place was covered up in copperheads.

That’s my random post of the day.

As said above I’d at least put some boots on!
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:30 AM   #7
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Wow! That is insane!
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:30 AM   #8
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Can you treat yard with insecticide to kill the food source? I had moles until I treated ground for grubs.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:31 AM   #9
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Id be cutting down an oak tree.

Dang


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Old 08-05-2019, 07:35 AM   #10
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Heres a picture of the next night. WITH BOOTS.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:37 AM   #11
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A lot info on the web about trapping them either with a minnow trap or glue traps.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:46 AM   #12
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I’d be moving. QUICK.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:48 AM   #13
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That’s crazy. Keep the boots on.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:49 AM   #14
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wow I live in Lindale as well and knock on wood havent killed but a few over the last 10-12 years
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:50 AM   #15
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I think I would move. Where about do you live?

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Old 08-05-2019, 07:55 AM   #16
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That would be awesome. Some pretty good money to be had there.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:56 AM   #17
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Id be getting a crap load of cats
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:03 AM   #18
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get rid of food source.and cover they prefer and they go.....

I had similar problem along Front of house Hedges..Always loaded with Gekos and Camelion lizards....I removed Hedges and have not seen copperhead since....

I dont advocate cutting down tree but maybe spray ground to kill (cicadas) if its a option ...then there food source is gone
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:15 AM   #19
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Id set the whole place on fire
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:19 AM   #20
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Skins should b worth something
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:26 AM   #21
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This happened at my parents a couple of years ago. My son was mowing the yard and killed about twenty in a couple of hours. They were almost all sitting around the base of different oak trees. They would move when the mower went by and he would shoot them with a .22 pistol with rat shot.
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:27 AM   #22
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that's incredible!!
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:31 AM   #23
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Just feeding on the locust crawling out of the ground. I'm sure they have been eating there a long time.
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:46 AM   #24
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Old man told us a while back that if you have a bright light, go out in the summer and you will see copperheads especially if the light shines on a oak tree.
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:55 AM   #25
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Wow. I’ve got a couple of live oaks in my front yard & I see the sheds of those cicadas all over my trees. I need to keep an eye out for this
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:23 AM   #26
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I've seen them popping up left and right during cicada blooms, pretty neat, I can imagine it would be unnerving for some folks.

But "coming towards you" ?? c'mon bruh... they don't come after people. lol
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:36 AM   #27
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:43 AM   #28
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Got milk
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:58 AM   #29
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I've read several articles about this very thing. No copperheads here at the house, but I do kill a few every year at the Farm.



https://tpwmagazine.com/archive/2016...ng_copperhead/

https://www.chron.com/sports/outdoor...ng-8399696.php

There was another really good article published out of A&M, but I can't seem to find it now.
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:18 AM   #30
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No copperheads in my part of the world but I've had fox, coons,skunks, and armadillos in the yard for the same reason, as much stuff eats them you'd think cicadas would go extinct here any day now.
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:22 AM   #31
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Went to a guy's house in Sweeny for an ETHS "field trip" he has been dealing with the same thing for years and lets ETHS folks come out and catch them if they want.

We caught 30-something baby copperheads that night, some folks kept them, some folks sold them.

Said he killed all he could find for years and there was no effect on them, he finally just gave up and started dealing with them because the only other option was to move or risk getting bitten going out and dinking around with em trying to kill them every night.
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Old 08-05-2019, 10:47 AM   #32
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Pretty cool. I guess I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact of you going out with no shoes???
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:00 AM   #33
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wow
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Old 08-05-2019, 12:52 PM   #34
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I stepped out of a Bronco in Tarpley and was standing on one a few inches from its head
It kept biting my boot top. I asked the realtor “any snakes here”. He said never seen one.
“ Just come around here im standing on one.” He jumped out with a beatup sawed off pool cue stick and beat the crap out of it. I bought the place anyway.

Funny copperhead story but it happened to me.
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:03 PM   #35
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You are one bad dude!
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:10 PM   #36
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I've seen them popping up left and right during cicada blooms, pretty neat, I can imagine it would be unnerving for some folks.

But "coming towards you" ?? c'mon bruh... they don't come after people. lol
Pretty sure he meant coming his direction. I didnt read that as they were coming to get him.
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:18 PM   #37
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Id be putting on snake proof boots
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:41 PM   #38
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That is pretty cool to me but I do not have to deal with the issue.
Keep us informed with pics if this trend continues.
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:54 PM   #39
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Used to have a ton on our place where I grew up but nothing like that!
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:56 PM   #40
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I'd abandon the property and burn it and the house
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:59 PM   #41
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Did you get a suspiciously good deal on that house by any chance?
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:59 PM   #42
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Oh My! My neighbor just killed 2 in their yard. Now I'm going to have to go on night patrol. Good grief.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:01 PM   #43
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I stepped out of a Bronco in Tarpley and was standing on one a few inches from its head
It kept biting my boot top. I asked the realtor any snakes here. He said never seen one.
Just come around here im standing on one. He jumped out with a beatup sawed off pool cue stick and beat the crap out of it. I bought the place anyway.

Funny copperhead story but it happened to me.
I love the Tarpley area, just driving through I always would have figured more rattlers than copperheads though.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:15 PM   #44
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I was mowing under my oak trees the other day and one of those locust feel out of the tree into my lap. I bet it was knocked out of the tree by a 10 ft copperhead. I guess that side of the yard will return to is natural state because I doubt I could bring myself to mow it again.
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Old 08-05-2019, 02:49 PM   #45
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Aw man.... spotlighting copperheads is fun! Especially when it's in someone else's yard. Perhaps you should post your 1.5 acres snake lease and see if there are any takers?
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:58 PM   #46
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We caught 30-something baby copperheads that night, some folks kept them, some folks sold them.
Who buys copperheads? How much? We are covered up with them around here.
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:59 PM   #47
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Well the very next night my dog was bit.
How is the dog? What was the treatment?
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Old 08-05-2019, 04:33 PM   #48
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Who buys copperheads? How much? We are covered up with them around here.
No idea... I wasn't selling them. I just caught 'em and put em in the bucket.

If I were going to keep a hot snake it would be a copperhead but I think I'll pass...
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:46 PM   #49
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I know a girl that got bitten by a copperhead over in Eastern Oklahoma a month ago. She was at the lake and stepped on it in the dark. Her foot swelled up but they didn't give her anything except pain killers and sent her home. She's doing alright now.
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Old 08-05-2019, 07:54 PM   #50
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I know a girl that got bitten by a copperhead over in Eastern Oklahoma a month ago. She was at the lake and stepped on it in the dark. Her foot swelled up but they didn't give her anything except pain killers and sent her home. She's doing alright now.

That seems to be a pretty common practice with adults with most copperhead bites, from what I've read over the years.
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