PORT ARTHUR — The hognose snake has a blotched pattern and can vary in color and over the years I know of several killed for being copperheads. The broad-banded water snake also has a similar pattern.
While filming a television program for Animal Planet, I stepped on two copperheads in the same day and never got as much as a strike. Both of these snakes were about two feet long and did not seem to mind my rude treatment.
There is some debate over the temperament of this beautiful snake with some claiming them to be extremely aggressive and others saying they are passive. In experience, they have been non aggressive but that can vary by individual and even by area.
Snakes are out now so be cautious when navigating the woodlands and waterways of the region. Give them space and they'll leave you alone.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at email@example.com. You can hear him on "Moore Outdoors" on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com. You can watch his WebTV series online at www.Godsoutdoors.com.)