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Albino Water Moccasin

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10 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 7 years ago

Hello. Since you know the identity of your organism (from your use of a common name), please go ahead and fill in the scientific name field. In this case for the "cottonmouth / water moccasin" it is Agkistrodon piscivorus. This allows the spotting to be correctly entered into the database and become a complete record, letting groups and individuals use the data and find your spotting. It also takes the spotting off the "unidentified" list. If you are interested in learning how species are named and why this is important, see Project Noah's blog entry http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/2870249... Thanks!

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

That's an awesome story! I am really against taking animals from the wild, but in this case I think it is best. Albinos have such slim chances of living and I'm glad he is being taken care of now :) You should add what you just said to the notes on the spotting so other people who look at this spotting will know the story :)

A. Moses
A. Moses 7 years ago

Very interesting story here. We found this in the wild. He had eaten a 2ft rat snake and wasn't doing well (couldn't digest). I caught him (very carefully) and central Florida zoo came and picked him up. He had surgery and is now a resident. My nephew who is an avid Herps fan spotted this guy. I was very lucky to be a part of it!! Found in Hammock Dunes in Palm Coast under some bushes by the patio.

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 7 years ago

I'll chime in and say that I agree about this being a unique find. Nice spotting! (and I also agree that it looks like it had a recent meal)

Cody.conway
Cody.conway 7 years ago

Was this a wild specimen? Like Ashley pointed out, it's quite rare for albinos to make it to adulthood, and even rarer that something like this would still be in the wild! Great spot if this is a wild snake!

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

Wow this is an amazing find! Cottonmouths rely on camouflage to stay away from predators, and this guy making it to adulthood without having the use of camouflage is very impressive! If you could add the scientific name, Agkistrodon piscovorous, that will complete the spotting and add it to the database. Thanks!

jamiewgoodspeed
jamiewgoodspeed 7 years ago

wow looks like it just ate

keithp2012
keithp2012 7 years ago

Great find! Please add to Rare Color Morphs mission

MrsPbio
MrsPbio 7 years ago

I hope you used a telephoto lens for this...? That's awfully close! If not , you are a whole lot braver than I am.

A. Moses
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A. Moses

Florida, USA

Spotted on Jun 25, 2013
Submitted on Aug 15, 2013

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