Last wildlife post for today, I promise. This one is a little grim and graphic, so I apologize in advance. I don’t kill snakes of any persuasion—venomous or otherwise. A lot of folks around here, particularly from older generations, have really, really negative attitudes about snakes. A friend of my grandpa’s came by the nursery today to pick up some old unused tree pots (we save them and pile them up for later reuse). It’s about the most snake-friendly habitat you could imagine. Unsurprisingly, he turned up this very large copperhead (largest I’ve ever seen, I’d estimate 30”) and, being a Southern man in his mid 70s, he immediately struck it on the head and killed it. I snapped some photos about an hour after the fact. Second frame is a video showing complex continued movement. Know that when you kill a snake, it takes a *long* time for it to stop moving and truly die. Their bodies need far less oxygen than ours, and even if you sever their heads, both head and body will continue to move and react to stimuli. Third frame is the snake blindly trying to envenomate its own flank after I nudged it with a stick. Even an hour after being clubbed, this creature was still capable of striking. Think twice before you kill any wild critters, folks. #copperhead#southerncopperhead#agkistrodoncontortrix#agkistrodoncontortrixcontortrix#snakesofinstagram#venomoussnakes#herpetofauna#reptilesofnc#ncwildlife#backyardwildlife#wildlifeencounters#snakesofnc#pitvipers
When you've been atv-ing through the jungles of Panama and find yourself in Noriega's hideout, in the middle of nowhere and you've gotta go 💩 Luckily he had a bathroom, unfortunately it was blown up when the feds raided it. #fakenews#ferdagram#tbt @pit_viper
Rehousing the baby White-lipped pit vipers and Jewel-eyed bamboo pit viper babies today. The top one is a female, note that she had a yellow belly without the white line. Males (bottom) will have it all along the side of their body and it'll come up above their lip. Hence the name. Males from some locals will also have small amounts of red under those lines.