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Ran into a cotton mouth the other day. #5260929 11/07/19 03:12 PM
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Looking at pictures I assume that's what it was. Just a baby. It was shiny black maybe a foot long at most. I must of hit it with the mower first because it didn't move when I went over it with the weed whacker. Scared me to death. Lol. I've never seen a snake that color before. They're either dark brown or a grayish silver color. That was a small one though, usually they're about 3 to 4 ft long and a couple inches in diameter.


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Re: Ran into a cotton mouth the other day. [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5260950 11/07/19 03:36 PM
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Pics or it didn't happen.

Re: Ran into a cotton mouth the other day. [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5260963 11/07/19 03:47 PM
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Ah, gotta love BITOG. “Hey, I saw a beautiful sunrise the other day!” Response, “Pics or it didn’t happen.”

Re: Ran into a cotton mouth the other day. [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5260992 11/07/19 04:19 PM
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Lol. I'm not getting bit trying to take a picture.


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Re: Ran into a cotton mouth the other day. [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5261000 11/07/19 04:22 PM
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They act comatose in cold weather. If it was a cottonmouth, I’d dispatch it with a shovel.

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Sounds like the thread title should have been: "Ran OVER a cottonmouth the other day"! I hate those snakes, don't see them often here.


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Re: Ran into a cotton mouth the other day. [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5261024 11/07/19 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted by motor_oil_madman
Just a baby. It was shiny black maybe a foot long at most.


A baby/juvenile cottonmouth is tan/brown in color with a series of darker bands across their back. The tail starts out yellow and then turns greenish as the snake matures to an adult, and finally becomes black when it's fully mature. If your little snake was just a foot long and shiny black, it wasn't a cottonmouth.

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Lol. I'm not getting bit trying to take a picture.


If you ran over it with a mower and it didn't move when you hit it with a weedwacker, then how could it possibly bite you?

You can also just look at the shape of the head to determine if a snake is venomous. Venomous snakes have triangle shaped heads, and non-venomous snakes have oval shaped heads. Vipers have a pit and a nostril on their face just forward of the eye, a non-viper has just a nostril with no pit (hence the nickname "pit viper"). A cottonmouth is a pit viper.


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Re: Ran into a cotton mouth the other day. [Re: Mr_Joe] #5261027 11/07/19 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr_Joe
They act comatose in cold weather. If it was a cottonmouth, I’d dispatch it with a shovel.


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Re: Ran into a cotton mouth the other day. [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5261032 11/07/19 05:08 PM
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Cotton mouths are aggressive. If i remember right they're also called water moccasins? Anyhow, there is a look alike snake that's non-venomous called a northern water snake. Had those in our pond from time to time, thought was a moccasin at first but it would haul arse away from you. As I understand it a water moccasin or cotton mouth will stand it's ground or even advance toward you (?...)



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I’ve had my days with them … best way to tell is the wedge shaped (viper) head … and they have a raccoon looking stripe behind the eye … body color can vary as mentioned … also end to have a “stump tail” when grown and fat …

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Just outside Boston, is the Great Blue hill which is mostly a big piece of granite.It has been quarried for 300 yrs and has a few colonies of copper heads and eastern rattlers. They are reclusive Every so often, one makes the news.


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Re: Ran into a cotton mouth the other day. [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5261104 11/07/19 06:32 PM
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No snakes in New Jersey. Only the ones that run for office.

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1-i knew someone whose girlfriend water skied into a nest of moccasins, 2- I knew someone who found a bloody hook on their car door. Pick teen urban legend 1 or 2

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Originally Posted by Aredeeem
Ah, gotta love BITOG. “Hey, I saw a beautiful sunrise the other day!” Response, “Pics or it didn’t happen.”

Maybe he was trying to be funny🤔 (or not)..but I get ya.

Maybe I'm just gullible but why would someone go through the effort to make something up about this...a little snake. If I were to concoct a story about a snake, it's gonna be about how I wrestled an anaconda to death while never spilling a drop of my PBR!😂

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Re: Ran into a cotton mouth the other day. [Re: motor_oil_madman] #5261153 11/07/19 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Mad_Hatter
Originally Posted by Aredeeem
Ah, gotta love BITOG. “Hey, I saw a beautiful sunrise the other day!” Response, “Pics or it didn’t happen.”

Maybe he was trying to be funny🤔 (or not)..but I get ya.

Maybe I'm just gullible but why would someone go through the effort to make something up about this...a little snake. If I were to concoct a story about a snake, it's gonna be about how I wrestled an anaconda to death while never spilling a drop of my PBR!😂



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