Snakes in the park

copperheads

One RRLA, Inc. associate recently had a close encounter with these two Northern Copperheads (pictured above) during a lunchtime walk with her Miniature Schnauzer in Alapocas Run State Park. The low areas near the Brandywine River in Alapocas Woods are a known habitat for copperheads, one of only two species of venomous snakes native to Delaware.

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We notified the¬†Parks Department about the snake sighting (a third was spotted lounging in the cracks of a low boulder wall near the foot path). Visitors to the park, especially those with small children and dogs, are encouraged to be aware and use caution, particularly during the snakes’ mating seasons in the spring and fall.