By Bill Willis
July 19, 2017
It may sound strange and counter to what you’ve been taught, but snakes are good to have in the environment. Snakes provide a service to us in keeping the rodent, reptile, and insect populations in check. In addition, snakes provide a food source for mammals, birds, or even fish.
Things to keep in mind:
There are 37 species of snakes in North Carolina, but only six are poisonous. A triangular head, an hourglass color pattern, the slit pupil, and heat-sensing pit are good indicators of a copperhead.
The Cottonmouth snake is another one of the six poisonous snakes found in parts of North Carolina. Within a few years, the cottonmouth's range may extend into Wake, Durham, and Orange Counties, but they are rarely seen in the Triangle.