All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

I found this Copperhead smashed on a gravel road in the Smokies. I guess this could be <strong>Dumb Tourist Trick #7</strong>! Unfortunately, this is some peoples' idea of a "good" snake, a <u>dead</u> one! Once, during one of my outdoor field trip cla...
I found this Copperhead smashed on a gravel road in the Smokies. I guess this could be Dumb Tourist Trick #7! Unfortunately, this is some peoples' idea of a "good" snake, a dead one! Once, during one of my outdoor field trip classes I was talking to the school bus driver (who was also a part-time backwoods preacher). He asked if there were any snakes in the area. I told him there were, his reply was (in a thick East Tennessee drawl), "Ah kill ever snake ah see!" When I asked, "Why?" he answered in a sing-song sermon tone, "'Cause when aaaah see a snake, aaaah see the faaaace of the Devil!" I knew then there was nothing I could say to convince him otherwise! It is a shame that some religions have stigmatized certain creatures, such as snakes, so much.

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