Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti
Behold! A juvenile Florida cottonmouth! Yes, yes, they *are* venomous snakes and yes, yes, they should be treated with extreme caution and respect -- but folks, you don't need to fear them. Just respect these snakes and keep your distance. Cottonmouths are simply trying to scratch out a living in a far-too-often harsh and indifferent world, just like the rest of us. They're not actually aggressive to people and they'd rather conserve their energy to stay alive than to chase you down. Cottonmouths aren't demons and they're not monsters. They're simply well-adapted animals doing their best to stay alive and to make little babies. This is in stark contrast to people, who often kill for no apparent reason whatsoever and are far too often consumed by irrational, manic fear. [jansonjones http://dusttracks.com]
Also, snakes aren't "slimy". Heh.
Lat: 29.17, Long: -81.18
Spotted on Apr 30, 2006
Submitted on Feb 24, 2012