Only thing is, they say copperheads are not aggressive and will usually run the other way when confronted. Just the opposite of a cottonmouth. They say cottonmouth's are very aggressive and will keep trying to bite you.
At first, I thought it might be a young cottonmouth. Cottonmouths around here are usually very dark, almost black but the young ones can be lighter. I was mighty sure it wasn't a cottonmouth as I got a better look at him due to it's distinct saddle markings.
However, he would not run away. He kept standing up, striking at me, trying to bite. I took the shovel, and sort of scoop flipped him a ways towards the pond. He came back towards me and every time I would flip him with the shovel, he still turned back and came for me. By this time, I decided he was a copperhead and I had enough of him. Flipped him a good one and when he tried to strike that time, I let him have it and pinned his head/neck area with the shovel.
All my grass is freshly mowed. I do have a lot of stick piles up against trees. I pick up sticks and limbs that fall from the trees, and will make piles by a tree. I do that all thru out the summer months and then when the weather cools, I have to get a burn code (permit), collect all the sticks to one huge pile, and burn it all.
Copperheads like wood piles. I figure he must have made a home in one of those stacks of sticks. Not sure why he was crawling in the short grass towards me. The weather here has cooled a tad. Could be he was simply cooling off in the grass. Or maybe he was hungry!