My 5 month olds where out free ranging in my 2 acre fenced yard. I stepped outside and heard one make the " I have something interesting to eat the rest of you get lost" call. I looked over and saw it was a big thing. Went closer, this is right outside my kitchen door mind you, and saw it was a snake. Got real close and saw it was a nasty copperhead. I am afraid I said some unlady like words, while trying to get the chickens away from the snake, who was very alive and striking at them. Don't know yet if it got one of them. No symptoms so far. If it did get one, well she earned her halo, I go barefoot all the time, I have dogs and kids. Copperheads will not kill you, but they will make you very sick. I am very proud of my girls today, 6 eggs from six girls, and one viper.