A 72-year-old woman who found herself facing an unusual number of copperhead snakes had a unique but effective way to deal with the snakes when she happened to run out of ammunition for her 20-gauge shotgun.
The woman, identified only as Mrs. Newby, killed more than a dozen copperhead snakes with a shovel at her home near Kinta, Oklahoma.
Family members told KOTV that Newby killed 11 snakes one night, and four more the next night.
Newby’s family also said her weapon of choice was a 20-gauge shotgun, and when she runs out of shells, her next choice is a shovel.
Family members said the grandmother believed there was a den of vipers under her old house trailer.
That’s about the time I’d be calling in an expert to rid my property of any and everything that slithers across land.
Last month, the family said Mrs. Newby killed a five-foot-six-inch western diamondback rattlesnake.
Copperhead snakes are nothing to mess around with. While their bites are not typically fatal to humans, they should be avoided because they are quite painful and can result in temporary tissue damage in the bite area, according to Live Science. However, anyone who gets bit by a copperhead should always seek medical attention.
Copperhead snakes, which get their name from their color, don’t generally give any type of warning before they strike, which makes them even more dangerous.
Western diamondback rattlesnakes are a different story. This species causes more fatalities than any other snake in the United States, according to Animal Diversity Web.
As summer is in full swing, let this story serve as a reminder to watch your step while taking part in outdoor activities.
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