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One of our residents spotted and photographed a large copperhead snake on the pathway that lies between Fernbridge and Columbia Elementary School. Please be alert whenever traveling on this pathway. Additionally, please stay out of the wooded areas along this pathway.

Copperhead snakes are venomous and their bites can be dangerous to humans. The venom can cause pain, swelling, and tissue damage around the bite area. In severe cases, it can also cause nausea, vomiting, weakness, and difficulty breathing. If you encounter a copperhead snake, it is important to stay away and seek medical attention if bitten.

Copperhead snakes are typically brown or gray with distinctive hourglass-shaped markings on their bodies. The markings are usually copper-colored or reddish-brown, which is where the name "copperhead" comes from. They also have triangular-shaped heads and vertical pupils in their eyes. If you see a snake with these features, especially in wooded or rocky areas, there is a chance it could be a copperhead. It's always best to keep a safe distance from any snake you encounter and not attempt to handle or approach it.

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