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Experiences With Poisonous Snakes>?

Discussion in 'The Bayou Club' started by ULVER, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. ULVER

    ULVER Dixie Rebel

    Jan 8, 2001
    ATL., GA. USA
    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.:upeyes: 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!!!
  2. jpshaw


    Feb 13, 2000
    Louisiana, USA
    Here in Louisiana every one who sees a snake in or near the water starts yelling "Water Moccasin". Almost every one is the common brown water snake or the diamond back water snake. You will know if its a water Moccasin by the fact its shaped like a football. A moccasin thats 3 feet long would be at least 4 inches in diameter. A common water snake can reach 5 ft and be about 1 1/2 " around.

  3. tantrix

    tantrix J'aimeLouisiane

    Dec 27, 2003
    Louisiana, CSA
    Yep. Any Louisiana boy that has been here his whole life can spot the difference immediately. Cotton-mouths are fat and short, while water snakes are usually longer and more slender and have "bug" eyes that stick out. They also put off a nasty smelling musk if you grab them.

    Generally you don't have to worry about dying from any snakes here in Louisiana but you can if you don't get treated soon enough.

    These are our only venemous species:

    1) Coral snake - pretty toxic, but hard to be bitten by these because they are very small and rear fanged so you have to be bitten on the fingers/toes or be a small child. They are also not very aggressive so bites are rare.

    2) Rattlesnake - Your usual rattlesnake. Very defensive and of course bites are nasty and usually results in bad scars. Very fond of water/rivers/swamps which surprisingly most people don't know. (I believe this is due to people always seeing rattlesnakes in the deserts on TV)

    3) Water Moccasin - Very defensive, almost always coils into a ball with the head in the center. Opens mouth wide showing off the white colored flesh inside the mouth as a last ditch effort to scare off predators before striking. Not the most toxic on venom, but definitely needs treatment if you're bitten.

    4) Copperhead - Looks just like a pile of brown leaves. I've not seen one of these in years (probably because they're so damn good at hiding, lol) This is the least toxic species we have and most healthy adults don't even need treatment after a bite from one of these.

    The rest of our snakes are non venomous.
  4. whogasak47

    whogasak47 JPFO-GOA

    Sep 1, 2005
    N E Louisiana
    And One thing I hae Noticed about them . When they are agitated, they put out an odor of spoiled milk. If I smell it , I freeze till I spot it. Look upwind first. Good Luck and Ride Safe
  5. tantrix

    tantrix J'aimeLouisiane

    Dec 27, 2003
    Louisiana, CSA
    This is true, they have a musk they put off when disturbed.

    Water snakes (the non-venemous species) put off one too but it is even worse. When I was young and used to handle snakes alot I got to the point where I wouldn't even mess with the water snakes just because I hate their strong musk.
  6. This is a water mocassion ( i.e cotton mouth )

    Long black to liter coloring on the body. Very aggressive snake that holds it ground.
  7. This a typical fl brown watersnake sure they are the same in the bayou state also.
  8. Grimsi

    Grimsi Restored member

    May 24, 2002
    No such thing as a <i> poisonous</i> snake.