To the Editor:
Last week I read about a woman from Maryland who was bitten by a copperhead when she stopped to take a photo along the GW Parkway.
More than 10 years ago, a woman in Leesburg was bitten by a copperhead one evening when she was turning off her sprinkler.
You should be aware that we also have copperheads in Great Falls. Two years ago, I killed an adult copperhead on the steps at my front door with a pellet rifle.
The year before I killed a juvenile copperhead sunning itself one morning on the top of one of my bushes at my front door by chopping it in half with some garden shears.
Copperheads are venomous and nasty. Their splotchy brown/copper color scheme makes it difficult to see them, but they live among us. Be careful.
David C. Elmore