Originally Posted by gnatty8
Used to walk my dog along a bayou in Houston (for those of you from Houston, near Barker Cypress Dr. towards Katy) and would run into these fuckers pretty routinely, except the ones in Houston were black. Freaked me out the first few times as they caught me by surprise, but then I got used ot them and would just watch very closely for suspicious looking black bundles laying in the grass. Amazing what you get used to.
Shortly before I left Florida I had an alligator try to eat my dog, and this was near a retention pond. It would have been really ironic, too, given my dog is named after the UGA mascot. Gators can be really agressive - this one chased us from 15-20 feet away. After that, I was much more aware of what was going on at the pond's edge when we went for our evening walks.
Originally Posted by TintoTerra
Good for you for not killing it! Cottonmouths put on a defensive display (opening their mouths to reveal the white lining thereof) in hopes of scaring you away. The word 'aggressive' is a real misnomer when you're talking about snakes because none of them (I don't care what your redneck uncle says) will make an effort to attack you unless you've stepped on them or nearly touched them (reached into a dark place etc.). Water moccasins, btw, don't have 'nests' and they don't chase people. Stepping within a few feet of a venomous snake will usually simply illicit it's warning response and not cause it to 'come at you'.
It really annoys me to see intelligent people talking about killing snakes. There are enough rednecks out there killing things for no reason without everyone else doing it.
I had to deal with about 85 venomous snakes at work today, and I can assure you, if given the chance, even the most defensive of them would rather turn and slither away than bite anyone.
Why'd you have to drag my redneck uncle into it?
What if it's an intelligent redneck? Would they be expected to kill the snake?