A Copperhead snake was carefully returned to a Connecticut state park after a Hamden resident inadvertently deposited the venomous viper in his home trash bin.
It was all in a day's work for Assistant Animal Control Officer Mitch Gibbs when reports came in of a “Copperhead Snake” hiding out in a residential garbage bin. As recounted on the Hamden Police Department's Facebook page, the trash bin's owner was walking in West Rock Ridge State Park when he noticed a garbage bag on the trail. Naturally, he picked up the bag, put it in his car, and took it home – because that's exactly what anyone would do, right? RIGHT??
OK, so we're terrible people who'd rather step over a bag of trash instead of doing something to Save The Planet. At least we wouldn't be calling Animal Control the next day after opening our bin and seeing a Copperhead there.
Copperheads (Agkistrodon contortrix) are members of the Pit Viper family and are one of two venomous snakes native to The Nutmeg State. AACO Gibbs figured the serpent had taken shelter in the trash bag before the homeowner unknowingly brought it home with him.
All's well that ends well for all concerned: Gibbs contacted the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, who advised him to return the stowaway serpent to its home digs in West Rock Ridge State Park (above). No one was bitten, the snake was unhurt, and the offending trash bag remained in the homeowner's bin – call it a win-win-win! (via CT Post Chronicle)