Deadly Baby

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  1. dinodan

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    This is a young Cottonmouth snake, also known as a Water Moccasin. Taken in the wild at a nature preserve near my home in Charleston. He must have been asleep, as he was perfectly still, allowing me to shoot this with a 300mm lens at f/32 for about 1.5 seconds. Even though he's just a little guy, I didn't want to get too close as these snakes are deadly...

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    are you sure its a cottonmouth? Looks more like a copperhead to me. They are often found in the same areas.
     
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    Hmm, maybe. The park ranger told us that he thought it was a cottonmouth, that they have the bright coloration when they're young, which causes them to be mistaken for copperheads. I guess the jury is still out... He's real tiny, probably no more than 8 or 9 inches long.
     
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    interesting...i'll look into it :)
     
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    The markings look wrong for a copperhead, so it probably is a cottonmouth. I'm no snake-ologist though, but that park ranger hopefully knows what he was talking about :)

    Nice pic by the way! :thumbup:
     
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    It's a Copperhead.
     
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    Hard to tell what it is, looks like a young cottonmouth. The darken with age. Copperheads live under my porch and I am always having to jump over them. Much rather be bitten by a copperhead vs a cottonmouth!
     
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    Opinions seem to be about evenly divided. I still say cottonmouth as well. If one looks closely, one can see the beginning of the dark band under the eye as described in the 2nd link in post #6...
     

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