snakes, dogs and temperature
I live in an area that has a lot of rattlesnakes and copperheads. I like to run my dogs every day but usually avoid July and August because that is when the snakes seem to be more active. But last year my dog was bit in May so I need a new strategy.
Is there a temperature point where a snake is lethargic enough that it won't strike. We are having a temperature range now where it nears 90 in the afternoon but is forties in the morning. It may be I should not look at the season but at the temperature during the run.
I have noticed snakes in the 40's are not likely to move when harassed but if they are pressed too much they wake up real quick and act like they do in high temperature. What is the lower limit, if any, where I can count on them not striking my dog even if he aggravates the snake?