WESTON, Conn. – School officials brought in the animal control cavalry when a copperhead was spotted slithering around the Weston Middle School’s pool area Friday, according to a report by The Weston Forum.
The snake, said to be a baby, was snagged without incident, but the area where it was found will not be used for school functions until its nest – and any other wild critters -- are cleared out, The Weston Forum reported.
Copperheads, aka agkistrodon contortrix, are a type of venomous snake commonly found in the eastern part of the United States.
Usually about 20 to 37 inches, they can grow to as long as 3 feet. Because of their tan and brown coloring, they are almost undetectable when lying on dead leaves.
Like most North American pit vipers, they prefer to avoid humans, and generally will leave the area without biting. However, bites may occur if a human unknowingly steps near, or on, them. Their venom is rarely lethal, but can be extremely painful and damaging.
A boy needed medical attention after he was bitten by a copperhead last summer at Devil's Den Preserve in Weston.