According to a survey by the Alamans County officials in the state of North Carolina, the residents were found to kill poisonous snakes by not identifying vipers and common snakes.
There are 37 species of snakes in North Carolina, but in reality only six species are poisonous. Among them, only one species of copper hair snaker lives in the region of Alamans county.
Horticultural engineer Christine Steker said, "Coral snakes do not live here. Cotton mouth snakes and rattlesnakes also do not live in this area. "
He added, "Snakes found in this area are snakes that are beneficial to ecology."
Steker said he had to look at the diamond-shaped head and the hourglass in his hair to distinguish the copper-headed snakes.
He also cautioned that if he found a copper hair snaker, he would never catch or touch his hands. Copperhead snakes do not run away when someone approaches. Therefore, there is a danger of snatching the snake.
Nonetheless, citizens often say that they bring the snakes they kill to the stoker and confirm that they are toxic and innocuous.
"There are a lot of people who bring a snake, not a copper hair snake. In very rare cases, there are people who grab a real copper hair snake, but many young snakes are killed even when they are not toxic, "said Stoker.
"Many people are afraid of snakes, but they must also recognize their important role in the ecosystem. A snake is a good animal. The snake eats wild rodents that people do not want, and some species eat other snakes. "