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Old 26th December 2016   #1
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Default Agkistrodon contortrix behaviour ?


I know this site is mostly amphib oriented but wondered if someone might be able to answer this ? for me.

I live in the "land of Agkistrodons"....I moved here about 5 yrs ago. I was careless/ignorant about them a couple of yrs ago and as a result, I was lucky enough to be bitten by a juvenile that was not trained in discharging all its venom on a non-prey item. Since that time I have encountered many of them but I now have a healthy idea of where I will encounter them and I always carry a stick....not to kill....just to tap ground ahead of me or in long grass to ensure I keep my distance from anything slithering :) Question is, in the wild, is it safe to move around a usually snake heavy woodland in the colder months....Nov-March in my area....without encountering these snakes? I'm assuming they go deep into log or rock piles to den over the winter months? Any insight would be appreciated!


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