Snake in my yard

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  1. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    Check out this friendly little feller I found at the edge of my yard. This is a water moccasin, a venomous snake, about 2 ft long. This one is extraordinarily light in color. His bottom side is much darker, like his head but with a lighter pattern mixed in. I threw him back into the brackish swamp behind my house. I considered killing it since I have kids (not little ones) and dogs, but I let him go just because I don't like killing things. It surprises me that he was out. We have had lows down in the teens here in coastal North Carolina. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    robin Senior member

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    Cool pictures. Did you use something to throw him back into the swamp?
     
  3. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    Yep, a tool with a long handle on it. I have been around a lot of these snakes and they can be very aggressive. This one was fairly calm (although you can't tell by looking at the pics) because it is still pretty cold out.
     
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    I'd like to congratulate you on your large cojones. Did you know it was venomous when you took the first picture?
     
  5. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    I'd like to congratulate you on your large cojones. Did you know it was venomous when you took the first picture?

    Yes. Triangular head, fat body, near water. He was obviously a water moccasin, aka cottonmouth.
    You can see the reason for that name in the first pic.

    Trust me, I never got within striking distance. Not even close.
     
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    Yep, a tool with a long handle on it. I have been around a lot of these snakes and they can be very aggressive. This one was fairly calm (although you can't tell by looking at the pics) because it is still pretty cold out.

    I'd like to congratulate you on your large cojones. Did you know it was venomous when you took the first picture?

    +1

    You're a more courageous man than I. The only "tool" I would have used on that sucker has a long barrel and about half a dozen chances to get it right!

    Cool pics, though!
     
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    I used to deal with these from time to time out at a camp I worked for in North Carolina awhile back - always had a little worry in the back of my head! Our policy was killing (kids running around) but we weren't allowed to use firearms - so we had to call one of the head staff (who DID have a .223) every time... not fun waiting around! I suppose it was safer than trying to throw a rock at them or something and provoking their aggressive tendencies.
     
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    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    I really came into this thread to say THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID but then I saw those pictures and I got really scared. I would have introduced that motherfucker to the head of my shovel. 2 feet long and that fucking fat? Scary. On a related note, not nearly so scary in reality, but still freaked me the hell out - my brother and I once walked into this guy in our kitchen. I was shrieking and standing on a sofa across the room when I took this photo of my bro, who caught the bastard with his bare hands. Just a big blacksnake or ratsnake, not poisonous, but freaky: [​IMG]
     
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    Nice work. I don't like killing things either but I would have blasted the hell out of that snake.
     
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    Wow, that's a pretty deadly snake. I could never kill it though just because it's poisonous. There are other options.
     
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    Eason Bicurious Racist

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    Small snakes are cute, but I'm not at all a fan of poisonous aggressive ones.
     
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    I was quail hunting 4 years ago and a rattler was about 4 feet from my foot[​IMG] [​IMG] ....a 12 guage will kill it. I HATE snakes.....HATE them with goose bumpy fear!! So when I heard that rattle...then saw it...my gun took the fastest 3 shots of my life....the pieces move! Now I wear Justin Kevlar Snakeboots when hunting....but if I step near one...that 12 guage will move like lightning[​IMG] ! Regards.
     
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    These guys were all over the swamps and canals of New Orleans when I lived there 8 years ago. Used to see them quite a bit hiding in the canals (along with the Nutrias) and almost stepped on a big one coiled up while I was walking around Bayou Coquille. Being a fresh out of high school idiot, I bent over and took a pic of the coiled up snake (living in CA my whole life I rarely ever ran into snakes). Looking back, I'm really happy it didn't feel like striking at me being I was only a few feet from it.
     
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    Fuck. That. Shit. <shudder>
     

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