We have a healthy snake population up here on the ridge.
Yesterday my daughter called to tell me that the car behind her hit a nice rattlesnake that she had managed to avoid. I went to her house (she bought a place a few miles away) to retrieve it. I have been wanting to tan the skin on one and save the rattles. Found it to be a 3.5' with 8 rattles and an button. A med timber for these parts. I was going to try eating it but lost my nerve when it was hard to cut through the back bones. I later learned you just cut the back strap out. These things are as common as birds up here and copperheads even more so. That said I still don't run them over... I think the copperheads come to the road for the frogs at night. Not sure why the Rattlers like the roads. But they usually show up on the hottest days