These snakes are active during the spring and fall, but become nocturnal in the summer due to the heat. There isn’t anywhere in Virginia that these snakes cannot get into, they are excellent swimmers, climbers, and diggers.
During the winter these snakes hibernate where they hide under rocks, boards, yard debris, wherever. These snakes are generally solitary creatures, but it is not unheard of them congregating with other snakes of other species, such as the copperhead.
If these snakes are threatened they will freeze. If the threat continues to come towards them they will release a horrible smell, and if that doesn’t deter then they will strike.
It is illegal in Virginia to keep Wild Snakes as pets