A Northern Copperhead, Agkistrodon Contortrix Mokasen, lies in the thick leaf litter of the Appalachian forest floor. Notice its perfect camouflage, and the copper hued head. It is really easy to walk right by a Copperhead, because they don't rattle. They will strike only as a last resort, and are not fatal unless you are bitten by multiple snakes. Their bite can be dangerous though, as one old mountain man answered my delicate question as to how he lost his legs: "Got snake bit". The Watauga Reserve, Upper Unakas, Cherokee National Forest, Western Blue Ridge Mountains, Johnson County, East Tennessee, USA. May 2010.
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