SNAKES MOVING AT NIGHT
The following two shots of Copperheads crossing the fire road were taken forty minutes and two miles apart. The first one was taken during fairly bright dusk conditions near PO Junction and the second was taken in night conditions about a half mile from the upper parking lot. I had been looking off through the woods at a campsite and did not notice the first one until my lead footfall was about four feet from him. The end of my next pace had a likelihood of landing my foot on this fellow. From his coloration it looks like he may be getting ready to shed. Snakes can be a little bit grumpier when they are in this condition. It is not a good idea to be walking around at night without some type of light when SNP snakes are active. Make sure you are watching were you put your feet, hands, or other body parts when in the SNP backcountry.