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    Is this a Copperhead? ***SOLVED***

    I was walking the dog this morning and saw this snake in the gutter. After poking it with a stick a few times, I found out it was dead.
    Of course, being the jokester that I am, I carried it home and laid it next to the newspaper in the driveway.
    When my wife & daughter came home they freaked! They wouldn't even drive up the driveway with it there.
    My question now is.........is this a Copperhead or water snake?
    Thanks,
    MM
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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Looks like it to me...It is a pit viper...you can tell by the shape of his head. Here is a pic of a copperhead. Another way to tell is to look at his eyes..If they are round then it is a non poisonous snake..if the eyes are kinda slit looking then it is a viper...
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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    All I know is that is a %$#@!! piece of #%^& #%%^^!! that would scare the ever living #$&@! right out of me. Thats what it is. Now quit @^%$@%$ around with that #^%%$ thing, silly a$$.

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    You should check your dictionary, #^%%$ should be spelled #^@@$.
    I knew a man who rode his horse backwards, because seeing where he has been was much less scary than seeing where he was going.

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Quote Originally Posted by 72cheyenne
    All I know is that is a %$#@!! piece of #%^& #%%^^!! that would scare the ever living #$&@! right out of me. Thats what it is. Now quit @^%$@%$ around with that #^%%$ thing, silly a$$.
    That is just about the same verbiage I used when I ran across this one!
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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Triangular shaped head is indication of poisonous snake.

    Wouldn't even drive up the driveway Your worked.

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Yep!! That's a copperhead. The color of the top of the head varies from place to place and the time of year. My son used to tan the skins and get $40 a piece for them. They make nice hat bands!! Tony
    We are in a hobby that is supported by losers!!

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    My wife said it's a good snake now.

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    I say it's a good snake too. Yep, it's a copperhead. I hope your wife puts you in the doghouse for a week. Big, Bad MM

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Thanks everyone for the info & replies.

    Is there any way I can preserve this snake in a jar? What is the liquid you see them soaking in museums, and can anyone buy that liquis?
    Thanks,
    MM
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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Quote Originally Posted by ModernMiner
    Is there any way I can preserve this snake in a jar? What is the liquid you see them soaking in museums, and can anyone buy that liquis?
    Thanks,
    MM
    I believe you're thinking of formahyde. Why would you want a pickled snake? Ugh! Sound likes you're asking for trouble with the ladies of the house.

    RR





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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Not sure but isn't it alcohol or formaldehyde? Are you planning to trick someone else

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat
    Quote Originally Posted by ModernMiner
    Is there any way I can preserve this snake in a jar? What is the liquid you see them soaking in museums, and can anyone buy that liquis?
    Thanks,
    MM
    I believe you're thinking of formahyde. Why would you want a pickled snake? Ugh! Sound likes you're asking for trouble with the ladies of the house.

    RR
    I was going to donate it to our local nature park. They have classes there for the school kids to learn about nature. My son donated a beautiful butterfly & moth collection to them years ago and they LOVED it.
    -MM-

    Quote Originally Posted by IronSpike
    Not sure but isn't it alcohol or formaldehyde? Are you planning to trick someone else
    IS,
    I know I have alcohol. I don't know if anyone can purchase formaldehyde?
    -MM-
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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Believe it or not a dead snake may still have poison. I have heard of someone poisoned by a recently killed Moccasin. Dont fool around with a poisonous snake, dead or alive, its not funny.

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Quote Originally Posted by ModernMiner
    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat
    Quote Originally Posted by ModernMiner
    Is there any way I can preserve this snake in a jar? What is the liquid you see them soaking in museums, and can anyone buy that liquis?
    Thanks,
    MM
    I believe you're thinking of formahyde. Why would you want a pickled snake? Ugh! Sound likes you're asking for trouble with the ladies of the house.

    RR

    Gin works well!

    I was going to donate it to our local nature park. They have classes there for the school kids to learn about nature. My son donated a beautiful butterfly & moth collection to them years ago and they LOVED it.
    -MM-

    Quote Originally Posted by IronSpike
    Not sure but isn't it alcohol or formaldehyde? Are you planning to trick someone else
    IS,
    I know I have alcohol. I don't know if anyone can purchase formaldehyde?
    -MM-
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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    If you dont believe me I googled this tidbit. http://74.125.47.132/search?q=cache:...&ct=clnk&gl=us

    A snake's detached head can immediately act by reflex and potentially bite. The bite can induce just as bad an effect as a live snake bite.[10] Dead snakes are also incapable of regulating the venom they inject, so a bite from a dead snake can often contain large amounts of venom.

    Google dead snake poison

    I think the venom is still inside the snake. I have played with snakes all my life but I would not fool with a poisonous snake dead or alive.
    ..esp with your family. Dispose of it...bury it. Or cut the head off and keep the skin. Myself I just dont like poisonous snakes.

    JUST BEING SCRATCHED BY THE FANGS OF A DEAD POISONOUS SNAKE CAN CAUSE SERIOUS HARM.

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Another tidbit but I guess you get the point. http://firstaid.webmd.com/tc/snake-a...topic-overview

    ...And a dead snake, even one with a severed head, can still bite and release venom by reflex action for up to 90 minutes after it dies. Even if you do not develop symptoms within 8 hours, continue to watch for symptoms for 2 weeks or more.

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Heres something about putting your poisonous snake in alcohol.
    Snake wine. I think the alcohol makes the venom ineffective. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snake_wine


    http://edition.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05...ine/index.html


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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Thank god we have none of them over here I would never go detecting
    Don't piss down my back, then tell me it's raining.

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    Re: Is this a Copperhead?

    Quote Originally Posted by River Rat
    Quote Originally Posted by ModernMiner
    Is there any way I can preserve this snake in a jar? What is the liquid you see them soaking in museums, and can anyone buy that liquis?
    Thanks,
    MM
    I believe you're thinking of formahyde. Why would you want a pickled snake? Ugh! Sound likes you're asking for trouble with the ladies of the house.

    RR
    I had one I "Pickled" and keep it for about 20 years until the skin around the eye started peeling away. I always made a interesting talking piece, plus I got a "A" at school for show and tell, once school officials decided to let me bring it. I used formaldehyde to preseve it.
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