If you have been on the blog long, you know how much I hate snakes, any kind of snake. While this photo from Eco Wildlife Solutions freaks me out, it’s caption does share some valuable information:

If you encounter a snake on top of the water like the snake seen above, this is a good indicator of a venomous snake. Both Copperheads and Cottonmouths fill their lungs with air prior to entering the water causing them to float high in the water. Common water snakes swim with their bodies under the water so they can dive after fish.

You need information like this because I’m getting reports of more copperheads than usual in many regions this spring, including in my home state of Virginia. Apparently it’s a bumper year for snakes, so be damn careful in the woods, around creeks, in brush on pond dams and the like.