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Sunday, June 19, 2005

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin at Deer Feeder

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin snakecam dateline: Saturday, June 18, 2005 at 4PM

The bad thing about a deer feeder: it attracts small furry mammals, which in turn, attract poisonous Cottonmouth Water Moccasin or Copperhead snakes. Saturday, I almost stepped on a coiled up Cottonmouth Water Moccasin snake near a deer feeder under some oak trees. I came within two (2) feet of him and he didn't even move. Of course, I wasn't at two (2) feet for very long, as I quickly jumped back about six (6) feet in fear. I was carrying my twelve (12) gauge Mossberg shotgun pump, so the nice stationary target was mortally wounded with one blast.

I had my 12-gauge shotgun with me because I had spied him or one of his Cottonmouth snake companions the previous week; and when I ran back to the truck to get my shotgun, the Water Moccasin disappeared and was not to be found again on that day. I was hoping to see him again soon and I got my wish. Be careful what you wish for! Now I am wishing for some snake-bite resistant boots!

I am planning on buying some snake-bite resistant boots this week! I will be in the woods a lot this summer preparing for the next whitetail deer-hunting season in Louisiana, so better to be safe than sorry. Last year I saw a baby Copperhead snake by a deer feeder. The Copperhead was about a foot long, but he had his growth stunted by my Kaiser blade (which I had to run back to my truck to get). So now I will be protected and armed at all times when in the woods.

Learn more about Cottonmouth Water Moccasin or Copperhead snakes.

Cottonmouth Water Moccasin Snake

By the way, the deer population is doing well. Lots of mature does are posing for my trail camera.
 
posted at 10:05 PM