I'm not afraid of snakes. I used to enjoy catching the non poisonous ones when I was a boy. I have no where near your time in the woods, but have only had one encounter with a poisonous snake that concerned me. I was camping at Dale Hollow and was wading along the shore. The bank started getting steep, so I pulled myself up to a ledge to get out. As my head reached the level of the ledge, I found myself eyeball to eyeball with three copperheads about two feet from my face. I eased back down and got away from there. Someone posted a couple of pics on this or another forum of a rattler about head high in the bushes in the Smokys. That gives me the willies. Point is, pay attention to what's all around you. A snake bite to the head would be a bad story. Regards, Silvercreek
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