|Wrestling copperhead and king snake - Photo by BH's grandpa|
"When I came upon the snakes they were already entangled, I took a few pictures. When the copperhead's head was exposed I hit it on the head, it seemed to relax. The king snake then started attacking the copperhead's head. I had to leave and when I came back there were no signs of either snake. I assume the king snake ate the copperhead."First I want to address the copperhead. Regular readers know that we protect snakes and never harm them unless they are a clear threat to humans. We have had to kill a rattlesnake on our deck and copperheads in the front yard of the cabin on August nights. Occasionally I can transplant them with the proper equipment - do not try this at home! On the other hand we see venomous snakes out in our fields and roads commonly and we respect each other and would never harm them when they are in their territory. This below from the MDC website sums this up well.
Missouri's Wildlife Code Protects Snakes
Few Missourians realize that all snakes native to our state are protected. The Wildlife Code of Missouri treats snakes, lizards, and most turtles as nongame. This means that there is no open season on these animals, and it is technically unlawful to kill them. There is a realistic exception, however: when a venomous snake is in close association with people, which could result in someone being bitten. We hope that more people realize that snakes are interesting, valuable, and, for the most part, harmless. Snake Facts Overview
As he describes, the king snake tackled the problem head on, the only way to swallow a snake.
|"Down the hatch!" - Photo by BH's grandpa|
|Heron eating snake - Wikipedia|
|Died of a pellet in the head- 2011|