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Cottonmouth Moccasin (Water Moccasin)

2010.05.17
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I don't know much about snakes other than STAY AWAY, but I think this is definitely a Cottonmouth. If anyone thinks differently let me know and I'll change the title. This snake is indeed poisonous. I captured these photos during a walk along Back Bay in Virginia Beach. I was on a wooden walkway build just above the marsh below. He seemed rather content to stay put and have his picture taken. I didn't turn my back to him until there was ample distance between us.
19 Comments
susjustjake aaaaaa....thats me screamimg and running away fast!
susjustjake · 2010-05-17: 17:51
susjustjake aaaaaa....thats me screamimg and running away fast!
susjustjake · 2010-05-17: 17:51
djnana Ray, you called it right! We have those in one of our golf ponds - we killed several babies last year near the green. The little ones are just as poisonous as a full-grown viper! Hope you took that with a zoom lens!!
djnana · 2010-05-17: 18:19
drohask Wow, the detail here makes it look as though you were close enough to reach out and touch him- but we're glad you weren't!
drohask · 2010-05-17: 20:14
????? Wow Ray. . . have you lost your mind?!?!?! lol
Really nice captures but YIKES. Hope you had on really thick, really tall boots.
????? · 2010-05-17: 20:29
brad1eymi11er I'm SO jealous Ray! When I go on my nature walks down here in Florida, my ultimate hope is to SAFELY encounter a snake like this and get photos of it! So far I've only encountered the black racer. I like the first photo the best :)
brad1eymi11er · 2010-05-17: 20:44
lgnelson Yep, that's a water mocassin (cottonmouth) alright. I'm surprised he just stayed put - they are normally pretty aggressive. Great shots, but I'm glad you kept your distance.
lgnelson · 2010-05-17: 21:21
paulamarquis Yikes!! great pics... like the others said, be careful out there!
paulamarquis · 2010-05-17: 22:46
dico1 Exactly, that's the one! Carefull with this snake. He is very agressive. Very nice capture. I'm jealous too.
dico1 · 2010-05-18: 03:46
Davorka dear friend I hate snakes, but these are excellent pictures !! ;)
Davorka · 2010-05-18: 03:51
gonia take care it'll eat you!terrible guy!
gonia · 2010-05-18: 05:32
agandia Great catch!!
agandia · 2010-05-18: 05:41
jeffcornish Wow!! Thank goodness for telephotos! Nicely done!!
jeffcornish · 2010-05-18: 07:59
jet28 Fantastic capture! I don't like snakes either. My next door neighbour killed one in her backyard last week - that's too close for comfort!
jet28 · 2010-05-18: 08:06
????? Oh awesome!
????? · 2010-05-18: 09:12
wildduck Awesome capture, I like snakes (I like all kind of animals:))
wildduck · 2010-05-18: 11:43
darfoster Holy cow! I wouldn't have been able to stay there for the pictures, not even with a telephoto lens. And now I know not to go walking in Virgina Beach Bay areas! Great shots though!
darfoster · 2010-05-18: 11:49
????? Not a snake fan ... step on one as a kid ... photos are very realistic.
????? · 2010-05-18: 12:46
????? Whoaa!! Brilliant captures...I've never photographed a snake before :-))
????? · 2010-05-20: 16:34
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