The New Yorker essay suggests that people who adopt snakes often release the predators into the wild. Do you think this is happening in your neighborhood? Copperhead snakes, though native to the region, are poisonous. Yet another reason to keep your toilet seat down!
More Info on Non-Native Snakes in DC and the Southeast:
• Snake in a Drain! Courtroom cleared for suspected copperhead from NBC Washington
• Copperhead Snakes Bite Two in SE D.C. from Fox DC
• Listen to Pets Gone Wild from The New Yorker
• Swamp Thing; Florida's Uninvited Predators from The New Yorker