Saturday, September 10, 2011

Riverwalker's Pics - Water Mocassin in Natural Habitat

It's important to remember that you can encounter dangerous creatures in the water as well as on land. One excellent example of this is the water moccasin. These snakes are extremely good swimmers and are often seen in lakes or along the banks of rivers. Like many creatures, they are very comfortable in their natural habitat and you should always be aware of the possibility of their presence.

It seems there are a few other creatures out there that are also...

Staying above the water Line!



Anonymous said...

Water mocassin produced a 'Come To Jesus' moment for a friend and I when I was a teenager. The two of us were wading a canal, thowing a Bass Buster beetle jig into a pipe culvert for hungry bass when the biggest p.o.'d cottenmouth came swimming at us, hopping mad. The two of us ran on top of the water getting away, lol.

Scary snakes, they are extremely aggressive.

One Fly said...

I'm glad these fellows don't live where I do. Is that you're picture RWalker?

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 4:57

We used to use the tips of our fishing rods to stir up the grass and quite often would see one scurry off into the water's edge. You sure didn't want to step on one accidentally!

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: One Fly

RW, Jr. was the one who took this picture. He got quite a few good pics that day while walking a trail around a lake in our area.

Thanks One Fly.


BTW, We've got plenty down here.

Anonymous said...

Be very carefully if your in the water. These snakes are capable of biting underwater.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 8:46

Yes they do bite in the water.

Most will readily bite if provoked or disturbed but their aggression is usually due to a usually false interpretation of their natural instinct. Most readily head for the nearest source of water when attempting to escape and will quite often come quite close to you if you are between them and the water.

All snakes are decent swimmers. They use the surface tension of the water to sort of glide across the surface. The majority of water snakes differ from water mocassins in that they are usually have quite slender bodies and will have a third or less of their body exposed. Water mocassins with their normally wider girth will have a larger portion of their body on top of the water.

It's best to just leave them alone and not risk being bitten.

Thanks anon.


PreppingToSurvive said...

That's a scary picture, particularly if you're in a boat. Water moccasins can, and will, climb into a boat from the water. Then there's the two of you in the boat and no where for you to go. Not a good thing.


riverwalker said...

To: Prepping to Survive

You also need to watch out for low hanging limbs. They have been known to drop right into a boat.

Thanks Joe.


BTW,You're right. The pic is a little scary.

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