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Old 05-02-2018, 09:20 AM
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Buster and I were on a nature walk along a local creek when I walked up on a Cottonmouth.

Luckily, Buster did not see the snake and it was able to get into a clump of leaves.

If Buster had seen the snake, I had a walking stick to put between the two.


I have heard people say the Cottonmouth Water Moccasin is aggressive. I grew up next to a marsh in southeast Texas, have had hundreds of snake encounters, and not a single time did a Cottonmouth Water Moccasin chase me.

If anything, the cottonmouth acts like it has a chip on its shoulder. It will sometimes coil up and stand its ground. As if it were saying, "Come at me bro, I dare you."

This was a small snake and looked like it was only around 2 feet long. I have seen some BIG cottonmouth snakes, especially deep in the bayous and marshes were people do not go to often.

Several years ago I was boating on the Angelina River near Jasper, Texas, and saw a Cottonmouth stick its head up out of the water. It looked like it stuck its head up at least a foot above the water. The body looked like it was at least 2 - 3 inches across.

In the early 1980s some of my buddies and I killed several Cottonmouth snakes that looked like they were 4 feet long.

Anyway, Buster and I wen on our way and the snake went on its way.
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Glad no one was hurt. Like the increased amount of videos too!
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Ive seen 5.5 footers, bigger than my forearm, rangeing from dark brown to black, and they like to blow, coil up and show you what gave em a name, the white lining of their mouth. excellent, everyone went on about their business at the end of tha day..........
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They say cotton mouths don't come up to the Mason Dixon line. I know when being out on the upper Potomac in a jon boat you would come across what I belive to be cotton mouths coiled up on fallen trees or rocks sticking up from the water catching some rays. If the boat got close they would rear back and hiss with a wide open white mouth. I don't know if regular moccasins do that or not.
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thas how they got their name hound dog. show that cotton ball. rose, brown, banded or checkerback mocs got a different color lining. the old folks used to call em "gaper's" cause they would stand their ground and show you that mouth wide open....... ive heard that to, but I asked a DNR feller i do a lot of work for, if they had taught a cotton mouth to read yet, seeing they wont cross the MD line. they MUST to be able to read a map <G>
I got called a few choice names......
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Buster and I were on a nature walk along a local creek when I walked up on a Cottonmouth.

Luckily, Buster did not see the snake and it was able to get into a clump of leaves.

If Buster had seen the snake, I had a walking stick to put between the two.

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin While Hiking with my Dog - YouTube

I have heard people say the Cottonmouth Water Moccasin is aggressive. I grew up next to a marsh in southeast Texas, have had hundreds of snake encounters, and not a single time did a Cottonmouth Water Moccasin chase me.

If anything, the cottonmouth acts like it has a chip on its shoulder. It will sometimes coil up and stand its ground. As if it were saying, "Come at me bro, I dare you."

This was a small snake and looked like it was only around 2 feet long. I have seen some BIG cottonmouth snakes, especially deep in the bayous and marshes were people do not go to often.

Several years ago I was boating on the Angelina River near Jasper, Texas, and saw a Cottonmouth stick its head up out of the water. It looked like it stuck its head up at least a foot above the water. The body looked like it was at least 2 - 3 inches across.

In the early 1980s some of my buddies and I killed several Cottonmouth snakes that looked like they were 4 feet long.

Anyway, Buster and I wen on our way and the snake went on its way.
We had a 6 footer by Lake Marble Falls a couple weeks ago. Chasing is a myth.
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I was on a K9 track in search of an armed robbery suspect a couple years ago. We went through a swamp, and a water moccasin swam right past my legs. The K9 officer yelled at me to shoot it, but I decided to just let it pass and not accidently shoot myself lol.
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Approx thirty years ago I was in my back yard and was holding a large plastic box, when I looked down and saw a snake between my legs [I mean a real snake, on the ground]. I went into auto-pilot mode and turn that box upside down and put it over the snake before I could even think. I called a snake expert who came out and captured the snake and took it away.
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