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I've been searching online about this issue and so far the only website I've found that list it as invasive is the one I mentioned. Most of the other sites I've found call it a Florida water moccasin. I'll switch the common name over to cottonmouth in preference to the herpetologists.
Hi Tom Reinert,
Water moccasins are fairly common in Florida but according to IveGot1.org, they are invasive.
It found it listed on this website:
I see these occasionally along a hiking trail. Are they aggressive towards people and do they bite/sting us?
Wow, it almost doesn't look real- like something molded out of vinyl and plastic. What an interesting and beautiful snake you have shared with us. Thanks you.
I think it is a shrub. It spreads out across the ground but also gets tall and bushy looking. I haven't seen it grab onto any other vegetation and climb like a vine.
Thanks auntnance. I learned that this plant is really bad news for the cattle ranchers because it out competes the native grasses and reduces the number of cattle that can feed on their lands.
Sí, gracias estoy de acuerdo. Me gusta esta serpiente, harsuame.
Sorry, Here it is:
This is a great picture and description of the water moccasin. They make me very nervous, but I've seen a few of them in the wild now and they behave just like you described here. Would you please add these photos to my mission for Florida Invasives: www.projectnoah.org/missions/12560295.
Thanks for the good information and glad to see your post here on Project Noah.
Great photo of this nasty invasive. Would you be willing to add these pictures to my new mission-Florida Invasives.