Cottonmouth Moccasin (Water Moccasin)

by Ray King May. 17, 2010 6768 views

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.

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Darlene Foster 7 years, 4 months ago

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!

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Andrea 7 years, 4 months ago

Awesome capture, I like snakes (I like all kind of animals:))

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Jet28 7 years, 4 months ago

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!

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Jeff Cornish 7 years, 4 months ago

Wow!! Thank goodness for telephotos! Nicely done!!

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Gonia 7 years, 4 months ago

take care it'll eat you!terrible guy!

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Davorka ČEoviä‡ 7 years, 4 months ago

dear friend I hate snakes, but these are excellent pictures !! ;)

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Adriano 7 years, 4 months ago

Exactly, that's the one! Carefull with this snake. He is very agressive. Very nice capture. I'm jealous too.

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Paula 7 years, 4 months ago

Yikes!! great pics... like the others said, be careful out there!

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Larry Nelson 7 years, 4 months ago

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.

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Bradley Miller 7 years, 4 months ago

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 :)

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Drohask 7 years, 4 months ago

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!

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Brenda Nelson 7 years, 4 months ago

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!!

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Susan Jane 7 years, 4 months ago

aaaaaa....thats me screamimg and running away fast!

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Susan Jane 7 years, 4 months ago

aaaaaa....thats me screamimg and running away fast!

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