Animal Roadkill

By William T. Hathaway

Copperhead Roadkill

Most of us are saddened when sighting a dead animal on or along the roadside. Probably, fewer people are sympathetic when snakes are traffic victims. During summertime cool nights snakes tend to gather on roads that were warmed by the summer sun. These two fairly fresh, but dead, specimens offer an opportunity for a person to study the colors and patterns characteristic of the copperheads. Unfortunately, many kinds of snakes are road-killed including non-poisonous species.

Understanding naturalists mostly agree that the poisonous copperheads, existing in or around crowded human habitations, should be eradicated especially for the safety of physically active children.

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