I must say that I have very mixed feelings about snakes, reptile or otherwise.
Anybody growing up in or near the Australian bush will have come across snakes. This snake, the copperhead, has relatively mild venom by Australian standards.
Mild is a relative concept. On a per mg basis, the snake is as poisonous as the Indian cobra.
Unlike the human variety, the reptile version of snakes will generally leave you alone unless threatened.
I have no particular humans in mind when I say this, it's just a chain of thought started by Gordon's photo.