By J.D. Kleopfer
Photos by John White
It’s that time of the year when eggs laid back in the spring have hatched and live-bearing snakes, which includes Eastern Copperheads, have given birth. However, a vast majority of the baby snakes you are most likely to encounter are harmless and quite beneficial.
The most commonly misidentified are those of Eastern Ratsnakes (aka black snakes) and Northern Black Racers, which neither species takes on their characteristic solid black appearance until they begin to mature as adults.
Juvenile Eastern Copperheads on the other hand look much like the adults, but with a bright yellow tail that is used like a fishing lure to attract prey such as small frogs and toads. In general, the best thing to do when you encounter a snake is to simply “Just Leave It Alone“.