Could this tuft of feathers be the remnants of a snake bite?

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Old 04-02-19, 06:40 AM
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Could this tuft of feathers be the remnants of a snake bite?

This area is where I have to go to replace the security camera battery every week or so.
I've always worried that a snake might be in those hedges so I try to avoid going there at night.
The other day I noticed this grouping of feathers, we have birds around the house but typically feathers aren't grouped like this.
Could this be a snake bite and the tuft of feathers is what's left of the bird?

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Something got the bird but not necessarily a snake. Do snakes eat birds? Probably a hawk (or other large bird) or even a cat, most likely.
 
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What is a snake bike?

Snakes don't pull the feathers off birds. They swallow them whole. I'm betting it was a cat that took it's snack into the bushes to eat in private.
 
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Hawks and cats I'm not afraid of, it's moccasins and copperheads that I'm afraid of
 
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Rightly so. I've been hit a couple times but the first time it only scratched the skin and other times I had on snake boots so no harm done. In all cases I did not see the snake until after it hit me.

Everyone that I've know that has gotten bit (copperhead, cottonmouth) goes to the hospital. They observe them for several hours and send them home. Then... within 24 hours every single person ended up back at the hospital and admitted for at least several days while they try to save their hand, arm or foot. A couple needed reconstructive surgery and skin grafts. Not something to mess with.

I would be careful where your photo was taken. That is a perfect place for a snake to hang out and not be seen.
 
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In the spirit of trying to own less items I'm having a hard time investing in a pair of snake boots where the sole purpose would be going to the corner of the house to change the camera battery.
Is there some sort of repellant I could put around the area or a spray I could use when I go out there?
 
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You probably have more chance of being hit by someone texting and driving in a car than being bit by a snake so i think your fears are unfounded unless you have actually seen and identified a poisonous snake in your yard. I think it would make more sense to control your landscaping by trimming it and invest in some stepping stones or something in order to make a clear path for yourself. You just need to be able to see where you are stepping.
 
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Another thought. Why not get a wired or wireless camera so you don't have to keep replacing batteries?
 
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Probably a cat.

And for what it's worth, Virginia has three venomous snakes, the Copperhead, the Timber Rattlesnake, and the Eastern Cottonmouth. Of the three, the Copperhead is the only one that's been verified in Arlington. Cottonmouth is in the Tidewater region, and the Timber Rattler runs out west. Loudoun/Prince William are the closest it's been spotted to Arlington.
 
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Looks more like an animal attack on the bird rather than a snake. You could take a walking stick, broom, pole and poke around in there the next time you need to get in there as that will get anything up and moving and visible. Don't do it in the dark.

We have timber rattlers in this part of PA and we see them on a somewhat regular basis. Rarely see it again though as they are shy. I don't hurt them. Bears are common now, too. Animals with rabies potential live close by. What worries me the most though is the tiniest of them all, the deer tick and lyme disease.
 
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Had the same thing in my yard, it ended up being some kind of a weasel. I saw it a few days later carrying something in it's mouth and jumping into a hole. My yard turned into a graveyard of carcasses.
 
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Far more likely it was a cat. We think they're domesticated but the cats failed to get the memo. They still think they're apex predators.
 
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