Iowa, If You See A Bright Yellow Stripe In Your Yard Run Away
Unless a utility company has been to your home, you typically won't find small, bright yellow lines in your yard, especially moving ones. More of these yellow lines are showing up in Iowa yards in the spring, which isn't a good thing.
Before you bend down to take a closer look, you'll want to know what those slithering yellow lines are and why you should run away as fast as possible.
These little yellow lines also could have a different smell to them. If you're smelling cucumbers, you definitely need to get out of there because that yellow tail isn't happy.
Baby Copperheads Unique Yellow Feature
Copperheads are a poisonous snake that is native to Iowa. According to the Iowa DNR, copperhead snakes are one of 4 venomous snakes in the state. They range from 24 to 26 inches long. These snakes are active during the day in the spring and fall and become nocturnal during the hot summer months.
Before copperheads become mature snakes, mother copperheads give birth in Iowa typically in the springtime, and can produce up to 14 baby copperheads. Baby copperhead snakes have something unique that helps you know where they are: a bright yellow tail.
As you can see above, that angry baby copperhead has that yellow-tipped tail. If you see that slithering in your yard, run away because you have venomous snakes.
Good News, Copperheads Are Really Rare In Iowa
While native to the state of Iowa, copperhead snakes are the rarest snake in the state.
According to Iowaherps.com, copperhead snakes are only found in southeast Iowa. Only four counties in the area have reported copperhead snakes including Davis, Van Buren, Lee, and Des Moines.
Even though copperheads are rare, still keep an eye out for them, especially near bodies of water.
Other Places To Look For Small, Bright Yellow Stripes
If you plan to do any hiking or exploring in forests in southeastern Iowa or parts of Illinois, make sure you're aware that baby copperhead snakes and their parents could be lurking.
Wear good shoes and pants to protect yourself. Try hiking when it's hotter outside since copperheads become nocturnal in the summer.
Stay safe out there!