If it wasn't for a good zoom lens you would not be seeing this picture. I stood inside the family room and shook the entire time I was photographing this nasty creature.
This is the same kind of snake that bit my parent's Boston Terrier two years ago and made him swell up like a balloon and take on the appearance of Winston Churchill in the process. It is what caused him to spend a night at the emergency vet, IV solution running through his system trying to dilute the venom.
Even though I'm pretty sure that this copperhead was after the chipmunk family that lives under our deck, just the thought that it was so close by gives me the willies. We have been inundated with snakes this year- king snakes, large and small; brown snakes that eat earth worms; worm snakes that do the same. And now, this. It's just too much.
I hate snakes.