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Photo of the Day – Cottonmouth, aka water moccasin, sunning on the edge of a lake

Cottonmouth, aka water moccasin, sunning on the edge of a lake.  I did not realize they have a two tone eye, pretty cool how it matches the head stripe.  Snakes are very much misunderstood, and have been undeservedly feared and hated for thousands of years. Of the nearly 3,000 species of snake in the world, only around 100 of them are dangerous enough to be a threat to humans.  This Cottonmouth is one of those that falls into the latter category of venomous species, possessing a highly dangerous bite.  It's falsely believed by many that this is a highly aggressive snake, in my experience they are actually a pretty passive species that just wants to be left alone.  Much of this is probably due to their tendency to not retreat from people and instead hold their ground, coil, and open their mouth in a defensive posture.  They are often confused with non venomous water snakes, some of which can be a bit more aggressive.  Cottonmouths are an extremely important part of southern wetlands ecosystems, and should be respected and left alone  and unharmed.  #hahnnaturephotography #snakes #snakesofinstagram #snake #cottonmouth #watermoccasin #reptile #reptiles #floridawildlife #pitviper #nature_perfection @myfwc #herp #herpetology #reptilesofinstagram #instasnake #hashtagflorida #pureflorida #igerstampa #instagram_floridafishandwildlife #reptilelover #igersstpete @nicole.hahn2 | November 27, 2016 at 08:36AM
Cottonmouth, aka water moccasin, sunning on the edge of a lake. I did not realize they have a two tone eye, pretty cool how it matches the head stripe.

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