The bore snake is also known as the copper snake, or simply copperhead. It is constrictor species, which means that it will squeeze its prey (the rodent or other small animals) to death using its coils, biting to tear off flesh and leaving red marks on the animal it attacks. The pattern of the coils determines the size and general behavior of this species. Usually it will lie there in wait for its prey, ambling along the banks of the river waiting for an opportune moment to strike. Once it senses any form of movement it snaps its mouth shut tight, then plunges its head down the hole to inject venom into its prey.
The copperhead’s mouth is lined with a series of tiny barbs, which are used to trap and drain food from the prey. These barbs have powerful poisons injected into them, which are highly toxic. A copperhead usually has several bite zones, depending on how many times it has fed over the course of a day. If one bite zone is missed, it can just go for another bite. This ensures that the snake feeds on an almost constant basis.
The area where a snake feeds most of the time is called a bore zone. Copperheads generally feed in distinct bite zones. This can be a circle, a semicircle or a line. For their bites, the snakes put their front legs up and make a similar V-shape grip with both hands, holding onto the prey. Then they twist the body forward, impeding the prey’s head into the bite zone. Then the snake forces the head back into the snake’s long digestive tract, causing an agonizing death.
It is not uncommon for a snake to bite more than once during a feeding session. However, the victim must remain in the bite zone until the venom has done its work. Snakes will typically hold on to the prey for several minutes after inserting their venomous snakes. While in the digestive tract, the prey may begin to convulse. This is due to the effects of the venom injected by the snake.
bore snakes are usually easy to spot, as they have dark colored bodies and white belly areas. They also tend to move in a regular pattern, moving from one bite zone to another. It takes about a half hour to two hours for them to travel from their home to the bite zone, and they are capable of traveling great distances.
This is a very important task that must be performed. You would never allow endangered species of snake to be caught and sold into captivity. You owe it to yourself and your family to do all you can to ensure the safety of these animals. Never attempt to handle a snake unless you are properly trained and equipped. Bore snake proofing is a simple and necessary step towards ensuring a safe and healthy hunting trip.