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Eastern Cottonmouth
09-JUL-2008 Rachel Pennington

Eastern Cottonmouth

Beidler Forest, South Carolina

Agkistrodon piscivorus

I tried to talk my hubby into moving that little green plant out of the way of my shot, but for some reason he refused. :)

I believe this beauty was about to shed (notice his eyes).

Cottonmouths (or water moccasins as they are sometimes called) can be aggressive, but will normally try to escape before showing you the inside of their mouth, which is mostly white, hence the name "cotton mouth."

He was in a swamp area of Beidler Forest, and was not a captive snake. I was beyond thrilled to have spotted him.

Canon EOS 30D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/200s f/3.2 at 200.0mm iso800 full exif

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Ashley Hockenberry07-Jan-2011 21:40
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Superb !
SAL Photography14-Jul-2008 20:13
I love a long lens ;-) I think a better idea is just clone out the green leaf ! that is if you want to keep Hubby around ! If there anything like our Mojave Greens they can strike half their length .
sal
Judith Barnett14-Jul-2008 16:33
Good shot! Definitely poisonous as you can see by the shape of the head.
The Third Side14-Jul-2008 12:43
Excellent shot !! Were you as close as the photo suggests?
Jeannie14-Jul-2008 11:30
Wonderful capture.
Isabel Cutler14-Jul-2008 10:06
Your husband was smart!http://www.snakesandfrogs.com/scra/snakes/cotton.htm Nice capture. Good thing you had a long lens.
Isabel
Robin14-Jul-2008 03:38
Very cool!
FotoJohn14-Jul-2008 03:23
Well captured
Jane14-Jul-2008 03:20
Really nice shot, Rachel. It would be so easy to clone out that green leaf in the foreground in photoshop.
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