close encounter March 21, 2008generalscwtte Lets play a game of I spy, shall we? I spy something brown. Look in this picture and see if you can find it: You probably found it, but in case you missed it, here it is highlighted: Do you know what that is? Why, thats a copperhead, a poisonous pit viper found throughout the southeastern United States. I was clearing out some leaves when I felt something brush against my leg, and I looked down to see this gorgeous creature. Actually, I hate snakes, so after much deliberation with my brother and carefully clearing the surrounding leaves, I killed it with a shovel. It kept moving for quite some time so I attempted to sever its head with a hoe but the ground was too soft, causing the head to remain dangling on. Ive come to regret the decision somewhat, since the snake wasnt that great a threat to me and he really, really thought I couldnt see him if he didnt move. Of course, copperheads are not a threatened or endangered species so one less poisonous snake isnt a significant loss. Here are a few more pictures: What worries me is that he probably had a little snake family. Theyre probably slithering around, infuriated and eager to inject their venom into my leg. Ugh, I hate snakes.