A North Carolina man was bitten by a copperhead when shopping for a tree at a home improvement store. The article assured readers such bites are rarely fatal. I have no personal knowledge of snake-bite consequences but assume that to be true. Even so, I take cold comfort. There are many things short of death I would prefer to avoid, such as gangrene and amputation. See here and here. If you get prompt medical care, those complications are unlikely. But I’ll keep wearing snake boots when I tromp around on my land.