Since I'm a transplant to Louisville from the great white north (Chicago), I'm only now having to get to know venemous snakes. I'm happy to say I knew this one on sight. I grew up in Michigan, where we didn't have to worry about it and I chased snakes for fun. True, there is one rattlesnake, but not anywhere near where I was raised.
Anyway, it's been a new experience for me hiking in these woods ... and having to share them with copperheads and cottonmouths. Fortunately, those are the only snakes we have to worry about locally. : )
In my 'what happens if I get bit?' research this thread caused, I found this quote
Originally Posted by ncsu.edu
So far, the dozens of cottonmouths Dr. Gibbons stood beside have made threat displays but have not bitten the researcher's boot. The exciting news (at least for the researchers) is that the copperhead is different from the others. Most copperheads tested have struck out immediately when they felt threatened.
Gee, how comforting! All the more reason to check over logs with your trekking pole/walking stick first!
(copperhead bite experience blog post)