Last week, I wrote about seeing a copperhead near the stoop of our Botetourt County, Virginia home. But as I told Elaine, I was not quite sure that my identification was correct. Today, as soon as I came home from the last day of school for Botetourt County, I saw the snake once again near our stoop.
Elaine earlier in the week had bought me "snake tongs" so that I could pick up any snake for examination or photos. So I quickly retrieved the tongs and used them to hoist up the snake. Immediately, I was able to see that the creature had a rounded head and round eyes, not at all like the head and eyes of a venomous snake like a copperhead.
Nevertheless, Elaine wanted the milk snake far away from her stoop, so I took the milk snake some 75 yards away from the house and released it unharmed.