The astonishment at the compass, and my other feats of jugglery, was to a certain degree advantageous, as with that, and the long stories my guides told of my breaking stones, knowing venomous from harmless snakes
, collecting insects, etc.
Where both snakes occur in the same habitat, potential predators tend to play it safe by avoiding the harmless snakes
as well as their deadly look-a-likes.
You have the advantage being able to release the harmless snakes
and otherwise dispose of the copperheads.
A good place to see these harmless snakes
is on gravel roads and trails through wetland areas.
Moreover, it also shows that mimicry of venomous snake patterns by harmless snakes
may be even more widespread than previously realised, since inconspicuous, but characters tic patterns, can also deter predators.
The reptile population ranges from a variety of venomous and harmless snakes
to the endangered blue-tongued lizard and the goanna, a monitor lizard that grows to 8 feet.
using the colors of dangerous species to protect themselves from predators can successfully get away with this strategy--but only in areas where deadly snakes are found, according to researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He notes that harmless snakes
mimic the bright colors of poisonous ones, so as better to survive; similarly, butterflies that might be eaten by predatory birds mimic the colors of the foul-tasting butterflies the birds ignore.
Many people confuse these harmless snakes
with cottonmouths (water moccasins), which are poisonous and live only in the southern states.
Other harmless snakes
commonly found around rural homes are easy to identify.
After studying "who's who" of the snake world, harmless snakes
get moved to heavily populated mouse areas.