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Copperhead snakes are the cause of most of the snake-bite problems in the United States. The copperhead can be distinguished by its thick shape and its neck, which is quite distinct from its body as well as by its pale cross-band tan pattern that darkens in the middle and on the sides. [I:http://yournewpets.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/ColinJones0.jpg]
Copperhead snakes have pale bellies, which makes it look very similar to its background, but their colourisation also be whitish sometimes. There are obvious spots or pits on the head of the copperhead snake that appear like tiny dark specks. There is also a rather vague stripe on its head behind its eyes; less prominent on the top, the stripe gets a lot darker towards the sides of the snake’s head.
Copperhead snakes can be found almost anywhere, from rock and pond areas to woods and the shores of streams. Their choice of habitat is dictated by the predominance of prey, as copperhead snakes live on frogs, small rodents, cicadas, lizards, caterpillars and anything else that cabe taken without too much trouble.
The most usual hidey-holes for copperhead snakes, wood piles, stone slabs, walls, debris and abandoned or ruined buildings are the most common, which explains why people come across copperheads so often in such areas. The active months of the year for copperhead snakes are in the spring and summer for as long as the weather stays warm. After that they go into hibernation.
Copperhead snakes return to the same dens to hibernate year after year, and more often than not, there are large nests counting many individuals during hibernation. On very hot summer days, copperhead snakes will remain in cooler areas during the day and use the cover of the night to hunt. On balmy summer days, the copperhead will lie in the sun on rocks or wooden debris. Copperhead snakes do not hatch eggs, but give birth to their young live. The number of young ranges from one to fourteen and they are usually born from the summer untill October.
The bites of copperhead snakes must have immediate medical care since they are not only very painful but they may also lead to permanent scarring and tissue loss. Avoid copperhead snakes when you come across them, since many people get bitten when trying to kill or handle them.
Snakes will not harm you unless they feel threatened, then, you will become the victim of a fierce attack by a creature that is just as afraid of us as we are of them. Statistics reveal that copperhead snakes have the highest incidence in bite frequency in the United States, because these snakes attack quite out of the blue without giving threatening warnings like other species.
All pets take a lot of dedication and work. Whether you own a dog, cat, hamster, ferret, or horse, responsibility is inevitable. The level of responsibility, however, can vary from animal to animal. Snakes take less care than dogs, for example. Some animals simply need food, while others need love and affection as well. Either way, responsibility is key. Perhaps the first level of pet responsibility comes when it is time to select a veterinarian. There are several factors one must consider when choosing the right veterinarian for their pet.
Not all veterinarians specialize in every type of animal. There are some veterinarians, for example, who specialize in large farm animals. Cats and dogs would be better taken somewhere else. Other doctors specialize in small animals like birds, hamsters, and ferrets.
Veterinarian Pet Owner
Research potential veterinarians to see if they own pets themselves. Most animal doctors choose their profession because they love pets. It is best to choose a veterinarian that has an animal selection similar to your own. Although it is not necessary, it is nice to choose a horse owning vet for your horse’s care.
Other Office Services
If you will need more than just medical services for your animal, make sure potential veterinarians offer those services. Some clinics, for example, will board dogs and cats while you are on vacation. Other clinics will groom pets. Be sure to inquire about any special service you might need.
Pet Owner Recommendations
When you have narrowed your veterinarian selection down to a few, ask other pet owners for opinions. A good experience can travel a long way, but a bad experience will travel even farther. Fellow pet owners will be more than happy to give you veterinarian advice. A good place to start is by asking neighbors and people you see at the dog park.
Make sure you ask each clinic what the protocol is during a medical emergency. Dogs and cats are more like family than mere animal friends. Does the clinic have long hours? Is there a veterinarian on-call? Is he or she only available during business hours? These are all questions you should be asking potential veterinarians to prepare for emergency situations.
Before you make your final veterinarian decision, make sure you visit the clinic. Offices should be clean and pet friendly. Although animals go in and out of veterinary clinics all day long, they should never smell of feces or urine. The waiting area should be free of any small objects that could harm your pet. Also, make sure you take not of other clients. Do they control their animals? Are they friendly or rude?
Your pet’s health is extremely important. The veterinarian you choose to oversee his/her health is one of the most important aspects of pet ownership. Treat veterinarian shopping as though you were shopping for your own doctor or child’s pediatrician. There is no better gift you could give an animal than a wonderful veterinarian.