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Cottonmouth - Not Just No, But HELL No!

Old 10-16-2019, 06:06 PM
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I killed half dozen when I lived in St Johns County, most with a shovel.
I saw one right at sundown and that mouth is Fluorescent White!
There were too many domestic and farm animals there to let them go.
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Old 10-16-2019, 06:57 PM
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I have seen coral snakes and rattlesnakes on my property and let them be. I've caught rat snakes and black snakes and set them free. That being said, if I will kill every moccasin that I run across.
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Old 10-16-2019, 08:16 PM
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In high school I was in the golf team and we would be the first ones on the course. One day they told us to stay away from the creek on #2. As we walked to #1 tee we could hear them firing shots over there. They had about a 4ft one they shot. I will never forget it. I have a picture of it next to a driver.
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Old 10-16-2019, 09:04 PM
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Why is that thing still in one piece, I would go all Benihanna on that thing...…….
Ooh, could you do that onion ring volcano thing? I always loved that.
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Old 10-16-2019, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by rickpcfl View Post
I have seen coral snakes and rattlesnakes on my property and let them be. I've caught rat snakes and black snakes and set them free. That being said, if I will kill every moccasin that I run across.
Why? No judgement just asking.
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Old 10-17-2019, 12:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
yeah we just have those harmless eastern timber rattlers and copperheads, lol
But it's pretty rare to encounter one of those where I'm at. No one comes across a rattler in Pittsburgh and copperheads, practically never. In my entire life living here, I've only seen a copperhead once.
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Old 10-17-2019, 07:07 AM
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Took care of one about that size on the st lucie canal when I was a kid. .410 took most of her head off and some of her side which revealed a large sack of eggs.
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:28 AM
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That's great specimen of a mature moccasin but there is some forced perspective going on here.

Seems like I spent my entire childhood in the woods and canals around central Florida. Caught a lot snakes including a couple moccasin.
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:24 PM
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A fishing Bud once asked me why I always carried a gun on my belt and I told him, "in case I run across something what needs shooting"..... That S.O.B. NEEDS shooting....
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:28 PM
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When I was in 4th grade, a kid in my class was bit on the thumb by one. He ended up losing the thumb.

I was living in Alabama at the time. If I remember right, he still had five fingers on that hand after the amputation.
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Old 10-17-2019, 01:47 PM
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I will generally give rattlers and copperheads a free pass but I hate a Cottonmouth. Killed one about 4' last year at my parent's lake house.

Dad: Why did you shoot that snake 15 times?
Me: Because I ran out of ammo Pops!
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:16 PM
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Sometimes dead is not enough
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Old 10-17-2019, 02:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Boataholic View Post
yeah we just have those harmless eastern timber rattlers and copperheads, lol
Copperheads are the least venomous of the snakes we have and very rarely cause death .01% also they do not release a large amount of venom usually in a human bite. FYI
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Old 10-17-2019, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by rickpcfl View Post
I have seen coral snakes and rattlesnakes on my property and let them be. I've caught rat snakes and black snakes and set them free. That being said, if I will kill every moccasin that I run across.
After 60 years of beating around the woods and waters of Florida I see a cottonmouth it's toast.

My observations are that almost never do rattlers, coral snakes and even non poisonous snakes really want be around humans or pets.

Mr Cottonmouth has crawled right up to me more than a few times while fishing. I have also seen them go on the defensive much quicker than other snakes. Normally if your messing around other snakes they move on. Not ole rusty back. He will get coiled up and stand his ground and will dang sure pop you if you get too close.

If he doesn't want to get dead then he best not let me see him. The one in the pic is a nasty looking SOB. He also would have been about a foot shorter if I found him.
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Old 10-17-2019, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by 20biminitwist View Post
After 60 years of beating around the woods and waters of Florida I see a cottonmouth it's toast.

My observations are that almost never do rattlers, coral snakes and even non poisonous snakes really want be around humans or pets.

Mr Cottonmouth has crawled right up to me more than a few times while fishing. I have also seen them go on the defensive much quicker than other snakes. Normally if your messing around other snakes they move on. Not ole rusty back. He will get coiled up and stand his ground and will dang sure pop you if you get too close.

If he doesn't want to get dead then he best not let me see him. The one in the pic is a nasty looking SOB. He also would have been about a foot shorter if I found him.
"Stand his ground"

My only personal experience with one would confirm that. Driving up a dirt road near my house to do some plinking, I thought I saw a piece of a tire in the road. Nope, realized it was a 4 footer. I backed up to where he was and he was pissed. He struck at me in the truck twice and I swear he came completely off the ground both times. Really freaked me out. Fat sumbitch slithered into the palmettos before I could plink him. Nasty nasty nasty.
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Old 10-20-2019, 08:22 AM
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Why? No judgement just asking.
Sorry, I just saw this. Moccasins can be aggressive, whereas the others just want to be left alone. I have two curious dogs and don't want them to be bitten. I had a chocolate lab that was bitten on the face by a moccasin some years back. My current dogs are smaller and might not survive a bite. They are inside dogs, but one of them loves to go outside (in the fenced in area) when it is nice out. We have water on two sides of our property, so there are some snakes around.

A few years back, before we got these dogs, we had a moccasin laying by the back door. If my wife or kids had went out and stepped over it because they didn't see it, they likely would have been bitten.
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Seeing that first picture makes me glad that I live in Michigan. The only snakes in Michigan that big are in zoos.
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Originally Posted by rickpcfl View Post
I have seen coral snakes and rattlesnakes on my property and let them be. I've caught rat snakes and black snakes and set them free. That being said, if I will kill every moccasin that I run across.
Why ? I am really just asking? Are they really nasty?
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Old 10-21-2019, 04:31 AM
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Lot of dry bites from cottonmouths. The danger is in the infection.
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Old 10-21-2019, 04:57 AM
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Originally Posted by airbrush View Post
Lot of dry bites from cottonmouths. The danger is in the infection.
The danger on a dry bite is the heart attack you have when he is hanging on your leg.
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