8 Replies to “snake in our wood pile”

  1. Ted Smith

    A few years ago, Buck and Linda Vaughn were having their property on Ginn Rd cleaned up. The previous owner had cut down a lot of trees and left manywood piles. The workmen were using heaving machinery to move the logs and stumps, and supposedly found several nests of both copperheads and rattlesnakes on the property.

    I have seen and killed one baby copperhead; but where there’s a baby…. We also will occasionally see a black snake sunning on a rock.

    Snake-A-Way is my friend!!! It may or may not work; but (after hearing about the snake nests) I religiously go spreading a bag or two around key areas of my property several times a year. (I believe.. I believe.. I believe.)
    Ted Smith

    • Gordon Burghardt

      Please do not kill snakes of any kind. I have studied and written about snakes for decades. In 35 years in the neighborhood I have not seen any venomous snakes, but a number of rat snakes, king snakes, worm snakes, gartersnakes, watersnakes, crayfish snakes, and others. But copperheads should not be killed either. I will be glad to come out and remove or rescue snakes if necessary. My phone numbers are 974-3300 and 254-7236.

      BYW, in recent issues of the KN-S Philip Kronk’s psychology column has had two stories on fear and other responses to snakes based on some of my work.

      Gordon Burghardt, 3513 Maloney Rd.

  2. Barbara Houchin

    From Julie Guenther:
    We have a rather generic looking snake that came with our property. It first seems to be black but in the sun there is some variation in the overall coloring. The previous owners were “friends” with it, naming it Molly. Don Williams even stroked it in our driveway, it is claimed. In the cold winter it hibernates in our conservatory, and when spring is coming in Molly leaves the conservatory to be outside. Seems quite harmless although I am not comfortable with snakes of any sort. Molly is almost 4 feet long.
    Just sayin’.

  3. Barbara Houchin

    From Linda Vaughn:
    There are definitely are copperheads in our area. 4 or 5 years ago we killed a large copperhead on our front steps, it was over 4 feet long. We also killed another snake under our back bay window but weren’t sure if it was poisonous or not, it was about the same size as the copperhead. You have a smart dog to alert you! Be careful and good luck.
    Linda & Buck Vaughn

  4. Barbara Houchin

    From Theresa Pepin:
    We feel fortunate to have resident black snakes on our one-acre property. They prefer to not be obvious—quietly melting away when they hear human or pet noise, if they possibly can—but they do the job of consuming the many voles, moles and chipmunks that can over-populate our wooded property. Wood piles are one of their favorite hiding places. They are harmless and essential to the healthy ecology of our nearly-wild land.

    In nearly 20 years here in LH, we’ve never seen a copperhead, although our neighbor Dr. Don Williams (who lived more directly on the river) said he had seen one many years ago. We’ve seen numerous copperheads in off-trail hiking in the Smoky Mountains but have been lucky to see them before stepping on them—not a good thing. They are more assertive in their behavior so it pays to give them a wide berth. Typically, their bite will not kill humans but will make you very sick.

    We’ve never seen a rattler either here or in the Smokies or anywhere else on or off trail.

    Perhaps a program on basic snake ID might be good at a neighborhood picnic someday? It would be a shame for a black snake to be killed just because someone did not know how to distinguish him or her from a venomous snake . . .

    Theresa and Kenneth

    • Andrew Heckl Post author

      Thanks for the response Kathy!
      We can’t see it…only hear it hissing at us. I made it listen to an hour of Terry Gross really loud…but it is still there.
      I think we will try the leaf blower and/or hose.

      Have you seen or hear of Copperheads in LMHs ?

      • John Rennie

        According to the reptile curator at the Knoxville Zoo, there have only been 4 verified venomous snakes found in Knox County. He did not give a time period. There are a number of snakes that look like copperheads. Look on the web to see the dark saddlebag like markings across their back.

        Also, copperheads and rattlesnakes are venomous, not poisonous.

        John Rennie

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