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    identifying this snake

    anyone know what this is, sorry for terrible photo. biloxi MS

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    Pretty sure it's a cottonmouth.

    If you were to approach the snake it will usually present a wide open mouth and you would see the white "cottonmouth" for which it is named.

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    definitely a cottonmouth after google imaging. yikes!
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    Don't kill it. It eats vermin.
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    Good lookin snake, definately a cottonmouth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Waltah View Post
    definitely a cottonmouth after google imaging. yikes!
    Contrary to popular belief, my experience has been that they are not that aggressive.
    That doesn't mean I would want to step on one in the dark though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BumpityBump View Post
    Contrary to popular belief, my experience has been that they are not that aggressive.
    That doesn't mean I would want to step on one in the dark though!
    I'm VERY familiar with Cotton Mouths. My dad farmed about 2000 acres of rice so I had to deal with them pretty much on a daily basis. IMO they are probably one of the more aggressive snakes found in Arkansas. Most species will try to avoid you and slither off but 99% of the time Cotton Mouths are gonna stand there ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flat Ark View Post
    I'm VERY familiar with Cotton Mouths. My dad farmed about 2000 acres of rice so I had to deal with them pretty much on a daily basis. IMO they are probably one of the more aggressive snakes found in Arkansas. Most species will try to avoid you and slither off but 99% of the time Cotton Mouths are gonna stand there ground.
    They will often stand their ground and open their mouth, but that's a defensive behavior, which is different than aggressive. I do wetland work in Arkansas and Louisiana so I am also very familiar with cottonmouths and see them frequently. I have stepped right over them on a couple of occasions before I saw them with no ill effect. So I am just speaking based on my own experiences with them.

    One of my colleagues has worked with someone that conducted research comparing aggressiveness in cottonmouths, copperheads, and a species of rattlesnake (I don't recall which species). He claims the findings were that the cottonmouth was the least aggressive of the three by a large margin. Next time I see him I will see if he knows of a citation for the research. By aggressive, I am referring to the likelihood of being bitten by actually stepping on, or trying to handle one.

    Here is a link referring to another citation concurring with the non-aggressive nature.
    Cottonmouth Snake - threat display, bites and diet
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