"If you encounter a snake leave it alone." I've heard my friend Parker Space from Space Farms say that numerous times. New Jersey has only two kinds of poisonous snakes the Northern Copperhead and Timber Rattlesnake. Police and Animal Control officials say a man in Patterson was bitten on the finger by a Northern Copperhead this past Saturday Night. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment. Fortunately, it was not a full grown snake and did not produce enough venom to cause serious injury. The snake was removed by a snake expert. Copperhead snakes are extremely rare in Paterson. Officials are not sure if the snake was being kept as a pet or if it came from a river in the area. Copperheads are usually found in the western parts of New Jersey. As far north as Sussex and Passaic Counties as far south Mercer and Somerset Counties.