The chances of finding a poisonous snake in a Georgia backyard are low. However, if one does appear, throughout most of the state, it will be a copperhead. One reason for this is the snake is ranges throughout the Peach State except in that portion of the southeastern Coastal Plain below the Altamaha River. Another reason is copperheads appear to be more tolerant of human development than other species of poisonous snakes.
While nobody ever wants to find a poisonous snake in their yard, if one does appear, probably the one that you want to see is the copperhead. It is not an aggressive snake. As such, more often than not, copperheads will only strike when they are disturbed or folks try to pick them up.
Unfortunately, copperheads do bite humans. An average of 2,920 copperhead bites occurs annually. The good news is, since copperhead venom is the least potent of any poisonous snake found in North America, copperhead bites are rarely life-threatening. In fact, only 0.01 percent of these bites are fatal.