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Florida Cottonmouth

Florida Cottonmouth
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Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-09-02
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: EOS 700 D Rebel T5i
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-09-03 5:35
Viewed: 2090
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
What an exciting Trek yesterday. This snake was spotted on my way out of a wetland attempting to cross the road.

The Florida Cottonmouth is a close relative of the copperhead, this snake is also known as the water moccasin. When first born, the babies look nothing like the parents. They have a wavy banded pattern in bright orange and brown, with a sulphur-yellow tail tip. As they grow, the pattern often fades away and the animal darkens, finally being anywhere from dark brown through olive green to even jet-black. In a few instances, the juvenile color and pattern remain throughout the snake's life. One thing the babies and adults have in common is a "bandit's mask," a dark line which runs through the eye, bordered above and below by white. Caught that pretty well in this pic!

The cottonmouth will eat virtually any kind of animal matter. juvie cottonmouth Their diet includes baby alligators, small turtles, fish, amphibians, birds, eggs, rodents and snakes. They help keep our waterways clean, as they are as much scavengers as they are predators.

This snake has been known to exceed 6 feet by a couple of inches, although it averages around 30 inches. While it has been known to kill people, with prompt, proper medical treatment, the bite will not prove fatal.

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To oscarromulus: Thanks Oscar!!drchoneydew 1 09-03 17:11
To ramthakur: Thanks Ram!! Actually have a few days off . .drchoneydew 1 09-03 17:07
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Hi Brenda!
Good to see you on TN again. So how how have you been?
This is a fantastic close-up portrait of this snake. The forked tongue is fully out and I'm scared of it! (Just kidding..)
Thanks for sharing this superb capture.

Hello Brenda-Useful NOTE of this Snake.Well captured its frontal part.Good details and colour.Regards and thanks for sharing-Srikumar

Ciao Brenda, great portrait of fantastic snake, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

hallo brand
great shot with good details and lovely colours
thanks gr lou

This is a highly dangerous creature. [water moccasin] Looks "ZORRO" like!!!
But, it is part of the chain ... the link ... within this vast "creation".
The image is 10/10 quality ... the flickering tongue and all.
The notes are DEAD ON ... loved it all.
Normally ladies shy away from such species; but, you have "guts".
Mario from COLD COLD Canada saying "THANKS" + best and most kind regards.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-09-03 19:26]

Hello Brenda,
I love your shot!!! This is the closest I've ever been to a Cottonmouth, your photo makes me feel like it is right here beside me...YIKES!! The extremely low POV you chose gets us right down to it's level, which allows us to study it's unique features in awesome detail. Just look at that split tongue...great capture!!

Hello Brenda, This is a very dangerous creature just by looking at its long fork tongue. Your POV has given me a chance to see this creature in a close range. Wonderful natural colors and tones. Best regards

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