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Ozzy

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I was asked to go to a guys house and remove a 4 ft black snake. From the descption I believe the snake was a black racer. After searching for over an hour and tearing his yard up, we gave up.
On the way home about a 1/4 mile from my house, I passed right by a snake on the road. I barely saw it because it was just getting dark. I hit the brakes spun around and since I had all my snake catching gear right there I scooped him up in a box. Put the top on and put him in the van. I could tell by his markings that he was 100% a cotton mouth. Even though he didn't curl up and display the white mouth, I had no doubt.

I got home took the box off and I expected the cotton mouth display, but he was just sitting in there. I looked close and even though it was dark, I could see that it wasn't a cottonmouth, it was a banded watersnake. I had just took a quick look at it's body and assumed it was a cottonmouth.

While I was playing with him, he decided to take a bite, He swung his head around, grabbed my finger. In that split second I felt his teeth against my skin. For some reason, he didn't bite down, he just let me go without biting me. I have never heard of any snake doing that.

Here some of the pics. Sorry that some of them are a little blurry, but it's hard to take a pics while trying to avoid a snakebite at night.

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I let him go behind my house. There is a nice deep ditch that he can live in back there.

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See if you can find the snake in this pic.

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Look closer.



















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It's funny that I went to rescue a snake, but couldn't find it, then I ended up driving right up on and then rescuing a snake less that a mile from my house. Sometimes it happens that way.
 
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That's a beautiful snake :). Yes, it is ironic. He should enjoy his new home. I really enjoyed reading this!

Thanks!

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That's cool, but I was expecting the story to take a different path, in the direction of @#$%, the box is empty and a water mocassin is loose somewhere in my van.
 

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Hey Ozzy,

I have had that happen. And it was with a banded as it turns out. My corn has also been knonw to do that every now and then, though I am of the opinon that on those occasions he is just trying to lull me into complacency because the next time he hits me he goes for blood
 

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For some reason, he didn't bite down, he just let me go without biting me.

You must have tasted like Spam and not chicken...so he let go. :-)) At least you know now that "tasty morsel" doesn't apply to you. lol


BTW...Niki I just saw your "great googly moogly"....my old Algebra teacher in high school used to say that. He would also waggle his scalp and slam a yard stick down on a desk when it was quiet while we were taking a test. Everybody would jump. lol
 
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Cool pics, I see him hiding behind the log there looking at us in the second to last pic.....
I've found a quick way to ID a cotton mouth, when they are on land they seem to always hold their heads up at about a 30 to 45 degree angle. Idunno if I'd bank on that always holding ture:)

Here are a couple of photos I took in The Everglades
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(These photos are too wide for this forums formatting)

I can see the patterning on the back of the snake you found is strikingly similar that of a cotton mouth...
Although I have never found one that was very aggressive, I have a feeling if your snake had been a cotton mouth and he went to the trouble to strike at you he very well may have made it count.......
 

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You must have tasted like Spam and not chicken...so he let go. :-)) At least you know now that "tasty morsel" doesn't apply to you. lol


BTW...Niki I just saw your "great googly moogly"....my old Algebra teacher in high school used to say that. He would also waggle his scalp and slam a yard stick down on a desk when it was quiet while we were taking a test. Everybody would jump. lol

LOL....that's not very nice of him :p

Nice pics Igrow!
 

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Trust me I can tell the difference between a cottonmouth and a watersnake. The reason I made this mistake was because it was dark and I saw the pattern and then I just grabbed a box and he crawled right in. I never even looked at his head. as soon as I took the lid off, I immediately saw the head and instantly knew what I had.

By the way here's a pic of a watersnake I found one time. He was so nice I let him hang around my neck while I drove around looking for more snakes.

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That's a nice story. Here's a black garter snake that used to hang around the house. It was a real sweetheart like your water snake. Except for its spitting habit. Maybe it grew up in a tobacco chewing household.

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Dude, where did you learn to id snakes? I'd be embarrassed if I were you. Even a person that don't know snakes knows that is an eastern hognose. They are the only snake that has a cobra like hood.

You need to get one of them snake field guides.

I know that you're red faced with embarrassment so I won't laugh at you anymore. (Out loud at least)
 
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