Hello there! I have posted this in all the southern forums, in hopes of getting some information. Basically, I have enjoyed hiking & playing in the rivers & streams of north Georgia. I never thought much about the Copperheads and rattlesnakes, as I stayed on the muchly used trails, and played in well moving streams, rather than blackwater, or ponds, and such. Recently, we had a deputy bitten by a large rattlesnake, on one of these trails. He just "missed" it in the leaves. He will be ok, but I just thought: Damn! A couple days before, a Ranger had told me, how one most almost go looking for trouble to encounter a poisonous snake in the wild. So much for that!!! I have been told, that there are no Water Moccasins in the north Georgia mountains. Yet, we have a lot of things naked "Moccasin" this or that. The Atlanta Zoo thinks it's people mistaking watersnakes for Cottonmouths. I figured you guys would have some snakes stories! Especially, about Water Moccasins. Hope to hear some!!!