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Old Jul 17, 2005, 11:28 PM   #1
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I was walking in the swamp and this guy stuck his toung out at me. So I grabed my camera and shot him:ak47:
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Old Jul 17, 2005, 11:29 PM   #2
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He retreats.
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 2:42 PM   #3
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Nice shooting!

I prefer the first one. The reflection in the water, the ripples created by the snake and the still water around it.
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 3:22 PM   #4
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Old Jul 19, 2005, 5:33 PM   #5
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hey twisted, where are you located?? from the bulk of the body and the shape of the head, it looks like a water moccasin. highly poisonous. else it is a plain water snake. whatever it is, they are nice shots!!!

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He's located around Tennesee. And that head sure does long like a viper. Still, I've seen water mocasins on numerous occasions and they all looked non-descript and ugly....

Still, if I was personally involved here, I would ask for a voluteer to look more closely. Them cotton mouths are known to be aggresive.

Really beautiful pictures too. I love the way the light, snake and water all combine. Great shots!

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Old Jul 20, 2005, 1:32 AM   #7
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Interesting pictures. Wonder why his mid-section floats so high in the water?

Head looks threatening and dangerous. Glad it turned the other way. Old Joe
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Old Jul 20, 2005, 4:47 PM   #8
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took this picture off the web. twisted's picture has the same head pattern and coloration as this cottonmouth. i guess they can be a bit cantankerous and don't hesitate to strike if necessary. just remember, if you aren't sure if a snake is dangerous, then stay away and shoot from longer distances. there are only 4 deadly snakes in the USA. the rattler, cottonmouth, copperhead, and coral snake. so get used to what they look and sound like and then you shouldn't have any problems.

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Old Jul 20, 2005, 6:25 PM   #9
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I've seen them about twenty times and they just look brown.

I've never been able to make out the patterns, so visible in both your post and Twisted puppy's.

The one sure way to i.d. them is their "cotton mouth."

Meaning exactly what it says, they open their mouth and it's all white. Three times they actually went for me, twice with NO provocation, once because I was trying to catch it.

I like snakes and wouldn't hurt even them, but they are tough little guys and because of their aggresiveness probably the most dangerous of all the snakes in North America.

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Old Jul 20, 2005, 7:28 PM   #10
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there is one thing you can identify them over a common water snake. cottonmouths have a vertical pupil while water snakes have round ones. my eyesight isn't that good and i wouldn't want to get that close to make the id. Dave is correct about the mouth. there aren't many snakes with a white mouth likea cottonmouth.

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