It’s baby copperhead snake season, here’s what to know

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is reminding East Tennesseans that it’s baby copperhead snake season as people embark into the woods or work on their yards while enjoying the cooler weather. The snake species is venomous.

The TVA said Tuesday that from now through November, it is baby copperhead snake season, and if you are hiking or walking to be sure to look carefully where you step or place your hands. Baby copperheads are small, blend very well into fallen foliage and they like to hang out in damp places like logs on the trail…. and even flowerpots in residential yards.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports more than 20 species of snakes can be found in Tennessee. The copperhead is one of four venomous snakes in Tennessee and the pit viper can be found in all parts of the Volunteer State. The TWRA also says the copperhead generally prefers forested habitat and avoids open areas such as pastures and agricultural fields; instead it is often found on rocky, wooded hillsides with abundant logs, leaf litter, or rocks for cover. Copperheads can also be found in urban and suburban environments, as well as near wetland and stream edges.

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