Great, it's Copperhead time again.
This year I am at about that same ration...just saw my first copperhead three days ago. Fortunately they ARE nocturnal and it was sleeping on the bank of the lake. I saw it before Winston, which kept his nose away from our sleeping friend.
Snakes are fascinating creatures. The more I know about them, specifically how to ID them, the more I feel comfortable around and like them. Respect. An undisturbed snake, whether awake or asleep, will not come after a much larger threat (me).
Being informed is powerful.