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Mike Clark ~ 02/18/1950 - 10/10/2010  We Love You Daddy!

A righteous man cares for
the needs of his animal...
Proverbs 12:10

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God has made us different,
he made us so unique.
We slither on the ground,
we have no hands and feet.
Though you find us scary,
or maybe just plain weird,
our intentions are not to hurt you
or cause you such great fear.
Our venom's not meant for humans
but to help us when we eat.
So, please stop the senseless killing
before we're all extinct.
We're not saying you have to love us
or tell us we're the best.
God's the one who created us.
So, treat us with respect.

written by Sarah Clark
for Southeastern Reptile Rescue



Fears are educated into us
and can, if we wish,
be educated out.
-Karl A. Merringer

The snake is an animal.
It has a backbone and a heart.
It has red blood.
It drinks water and eats food.
It breathes air and feels fear
just like every other
animal in the world.
And, it's in a body that's
the hardest thing
for the average
person to understand.


The Southern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix) is responsible for most of the venomous snake bites in the Soutrheastern U.S. It gets its name from the coppery color on the top of its head. The coppperhead has crossbands that resemble an hourglass when observed from above and hershey kisses when seen from the side. The copperhead has a tan or light brown skin color with brown or reddish markings across its back. Skin tone can vary from snake to snake but the overall color is generally the same. Copperheads are born live and look identical to the adults except for a brightly colored yellow or green tail that it uses as a lure to attract its prey. The copperhead is known by some as the "highland moccasin" because it is closely related to the cottonmouth (aka water moccasin) and resides on higher ground away from water. Some non-venomous water snakes and young cottonmouths are often mistaken for copperheads. Young cottonmouths can look very much like a copperhead. Even though a bite from a copperhead can be very painful, they are not considered deadly. If bitten by this snake or any other venomous snake, seek medical attention immediately! Remember - just because you may not lose your life doesn't mean you won't lose a finger or hand due to necrosis. Necrosis - death of tissue caused by hemotoxins in venom.

For removal of copperheads or questions, call us at 404-557-2470

Bitten by a Copperhead!
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Notice the yellow tail of this juvenile copperhead. This snake uses its decorated tail as a lure in order to catch frogs and lizards. As the snake matures, the tail color fades to dark brown or black and is no longer used as a lure.  
To the right is a map of Georgia. The shaded areas show the range of the copperhead county by county.
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