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I ran into this Cotton Mouth today at the Cumberland Trail in Ashland City Tn. A guy was about to kill it before I yelled at him to stop. It's upsetting that ignorance often prevails from careless people who choose to not understand nature and it's animals. I captured the snake and took it off of the trail into the woods near a swamp to get the snake out of harms way. The snake was about 2.5 to 3 feet long. I took around 20 images of it while shooting from a few inches away checking it's temperment. This snake never once struck at my lens or me. People often claim that the Cotton Mouth is aggressive. I've yet to come across one that is aggressive.
Spotted on Sep 1, 2012
Submitted on Sep 2, 2012
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