Cottonmouth or copperhead? I ran across this guy near the beginning of an 11 mile bike ride this evening. I was looking for a stick to see if he would assume the cottonmouth position when I noticed the neighbor's dog approaching. Not wanting to endanger the dog or the snake, I got back on the bike and induced the dog to chase me. I'm thinking moccasin because I've seen similar juveniles with their mouths open. I have an argument going on facebook-but I'm getting out-numbered. Your thoughts?
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Snake Identification Post Ground Rules
-Guesses are welcome and encouraged. Don't worry if you're not an expert, wrong guesses allow us to talk about how to distinguish between the various species and that's why I run these posts.
-If you can't explain why you think a snake is a particular species, go ahead and just say what you think it is. But otherwise please do let us all know how you identified the animal. If you're wrong, we can explain why. If you're right, this helps everyone learn how to identify snakes, which is the goal of these posts.
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-Remember, the person that sent me the picture is probably reading your comments. Although it is frustrating to know that many of these snakes have been killed, these people do want to learn more about them. More snake knowledge will lead to fewer snakes being killed.