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Practical Advice for Coping with Copperheads in Atlanta

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I stumbled upon this article this morning, while doing research for my Biology of the Reptiles course at Agnes Scott College. I was, of course, put off by the title 'Good Snakes vs Bad Snakes' but could quickly guess what this author was referring to by 'Bad Snakes' - She was undoubtedly speaking of Atlanta's most despised vertebrate — the Copperhead.
At the Amphibian Foundation, we have initiated a Copperhead Rescue and Advocacy Program for two reasons: 1) We feel an obligation, which started with amphibians, to speak out for the underdog, persecuted, and the misunderstood wildlife in our neighborhoods (Box Turtles and Snapping Turtles also fall into one or more of these categories) — and 2) We were 'forced' into this position by the immediate inundation of Copperhead calls and messages we started receiving once we opened our doors in Buckhead in 2016.
Part of our Copperhead program involves providing free workshops for the community, so that people can und…