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Cottonmouth

Agkistrodon piscivorus

Description:

Harmless Water Snake? OR VENOMOUS WATER MOCCASIN? Same situation as last post. Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens. 5 megapixel iPhone 4... This snake was just relaxing in the shallows of the pond, and don't worry I didn't get close enough to get a good picture as I did with the caterpillar. Possibly a water moccasin, but then again possibly a simple water snake. I had no previous knowledge of the distinction before I went out there but from what I have read... based on my picture and memory it could honestly be either. No ID here... :(

Notes:

http://procezzed.blogspot.com/2012/03/sn...

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4 Comments

KevinBBabbitt
KevinBBabbitt 8 years ago

The pictures say harmless water snake

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 9 years ago

Psilo - I based my cottonmouth ID suggestion on the very thick body and the hard light stripe near the head. Not 100% certain because of the quality of the image, but it's actually not bad considering the situation and that it was taken with an iPhone. I've seen plenty of cottonmouths and nonvenomous water snakes in the wild, and at first glance this looked to me like a cottonmouth. Good spotting!

Psilo
Psilo 9 years ago

hm yeah I really have no way of knowing, like most other IDs just relying on photos can be difficult. Especially when using an iPhone camera -____-

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

The pattern (from what I can see) says watersnake to me.

Psilo
Spotted by
Psilo

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 21, 2012
Submitted on Mar 23, 2012

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