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This is a discussion on Whooooooooooa a snake within the A Kodak Moment: not necessarily plants... forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by ctb Any snake charmers out there? How do you get rid of ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctb View Post
    Any snake charmers out there? How do you get rid of snakes. He's back and he just decided to move over to the orchids. Lots of little frogs and baby lizards. What now!!!!!
    The problem is, that "your" snake is a wonderful snack for someone else. I often see harmless snakes on my patio and also have tons of lizards and tree frogs, but they attract other predators.
    Look who lives near me now... I saw him (or her) two times literally knocking on sliders. This is a juvenile Florida Cottonmouth, (Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti)



    Actually, we are suffering from snakes this summer. We just have too many. My neighbours used Snake-A-Way and said it helped, so I am going to buy this stuff, too.

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    From the head shape I think this one is a dangerous one.

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    If he is truly a cottonmouth, he is very dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxcanh View Post
    From the head shape I think this one is a dangerous one.
    Yes, you are right. Diamond shape etc. Cottonmouth is a dangerous snake, even young. I did not take a better picture, just this "portrait" (it is not very smart to get too close)

    This guy on my backyard was older and much bigger.


    Quote Originally Posted by Daethen View Post
    If he is truly a cottonmouth, he is very dangerous.
    Yes, it is Florida Cottonmouth.

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    You are right to be very careful of him, Natali. We have rattlesnakes here and they are agressive. I have watched enough nature shows on snakes to know that your pal there is equally so.

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    Oh Dear, I don't want any more snakes, that is scary Nat. Will try to find that snake be gone product. I was afraid that he would decide this was a good place to raise a family, never thinking of him becoming food for another. I also raise bromeliads which would be another good place to hide. Just going to have to be super careful. Got the nilly-willies. Thanks

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    Hi Natali! Haven't seen ya in a while! Some very nice shots of the cottonmouth. Do you live near a waterbody?

    I would, respectfully, have to disagree with the term "aggressive" as Jonanda applied it. Aggressive implies attacking without provocation. Such is not the case for rattlers nor for cottonmouths. They are defensive, attacking only when a human or large animal (either of which are understandably perceived as threats) are suddenly in close proximity. If given the opportunity they will retreat rather than attack. This is particularly true of cottonmouths. And although it is true that their venom is dangerous, deaths are rare -- FAR rarer, in fact, than the number of people who are killed or severely injured each year by dogs or even horses. So while this is definitely an animal to treat with respect, it is not a cause for major alarm.

    Carol, you really don't have anything to worry about -- especially with regards to something like cottonmouths being attracted because of the racer. Cottonmouths are not snake eaters nor are they climbers.


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    I would DEPORT him: Find a deep bucket with a lid. We get them into the bucket with a rake and then put the lid on...quick! A triangle type head and vertical slits means a poisonus snake. Be careful, as you do not want to get bitten by this particular snake. Betty

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctb View Post
    Oh Dear, I don't want any more snakes, that is scary Nat. Will try to find that snake be gone product. I was afraid that he would decide this was a good place to raise a family, never thinking of him becoming food for another. I also raise bromeliads which would be another good place to hide. Just going to have to be super careful. Got the nilly-willies. Thanks
    You're welcome,
    I didn't want to scare you. Just be careful, that's it. Here is a good website about Florida snakes.
    http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology...nlineguide.htm
    Pavel is right, Cottonmouths typically don't eat another snakes, but some local snakes do. Anyway, they all eat lizards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Hi Natali! Haven't seen ya in a while! Some very nice shots of the cottonmouth. Do you live near a waterbody?

    I would have to disagree with the term "aggressive" as Jonanda applied it. Aggressive implies attacking without provocation. Such is not the case for rattlers nor for cottonmouths. They are defensive, attacking only when a human or large animal (either of which are understandably perceived as threats) are suddenly in close proximity. If given the opportunity they will retreat rather than attack. This is particularly true of cottonmouths.
    Hi Pavel, thanks!
    I am glad to be back.
    I let my husband read your post, and he pretty much agreed with you. I must tell, my husband is a snake enthusiast and knows a lot about them. He agrees, that snake is Black racer. He also agreed with what you said about typical behavior of Cottonmouths. However, he said he has an interesting article about their aggressiveness, this is a study made by a field herpetologist. If you are interested in this information, I can email it to you as an attachment.

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