Cleanup Aisle 3

Cleanup Aisle 3

Some poor guy minding his own business at Home Depot, moving bags of mulch and alphabetizing the annuals when suddenly BAM – a copperhead drops on his head and nails him. Copperheads (Agkistrodon contortrix for you latin speaking Rangers) has an unnecessarily benign reputation as the weakling of the venomous pit vipers. Sure – you are less likely to die after being bitten and envenomated by a copperhead than if you were lit up by a green mamba (Dendroaspis angusticeps), but the copperhead venom is a nasty bit of work and will guarantee a very busy afternoon for any victim. Copperhead or no – I’m pretty sure I’d be pretty¬†annoyed if I was shopping for a new hose nozzle and a big old snake just decided that my bald spot looked like a nice big egg and launched himself onto my cranium.


No – not that kind of snake.





This kind of snake.


Written by Poison Boy

Gerry O'Malley (a.k.a Poison Boy) is a board certified ER doctor and toxicologist with a interest in the unusual, terrifying and occasionally hilarious world of poisonings and toxicology. This site is an exploration of poisons of historical interest as well as in current events and pop culture.

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