NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is reminding Tennesseans to be careful outdoors during copperhead snake season.
The agency is warning residents to be aware of where you step or what you touch when out walking or hiking since copperhead season runs now through November.
TVA says "Baby copperheads are small and like to hang out in damp places like logs on the trail or flowerpots in your yard. Look for the yellow/green tail tip as an additional way to spot them. Let’s respect their boundaries and co-exist safely!"
According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), the snakes can measure up to three feet in length and have a distinctive dark brown hourglass crossband. On the bright side, TWRA says copperhead venom is not very potent so fatalities are rare.
TWRA adds the snakes "generally prefers forested habitat and avoids open areas such as pastures and agricultural fields. Often found on rocky, wooded hillsides with abundant logs, leaf litter, or rocks for cover. Copperheads can also be found in urban and suburban environments, as well as near wetland and stream edges."
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