Saturday, February 16, 2013

Readers Write In (with Video): What is this Giant Snake Swimming in my Pond?

   It's been a while since we've had any readers write in with their wildlife questions, probably because the e-mails I receive tend to be biased towards snakes...and lately most reptiles have been quietly waiting out the winter underground. Not in central Florida though...Today I received the following e-mail and video (which may remind you of some classic footage you might have seen of the Loch Ness Monster):

We are in Davenport, Florida right by Disney. This was filmed on February 11th, 2013. The area is in the process of being cleared for some light agricultural use. A licensed nuisance wildlife trapper (which might translate to yahoo with a gun depending on who you call) told me it was a python. He wants to shock the pond and "shewt'er win she rhuns!" Forgive the sarcasm, but I didn't appreciate the "Shoot'em up" approach he had. Someone from The Serpentarium in St. Cloud, Florida says it is a Cottonmouth. Someone else says it is a Brown Water Snake. Someone else said Ratsnake. Now the youtube video muted it a little, so I should tell you there are markings that become more prominent closer to the underside. I can see them in the youtube video, just not as well as in the original video.  Hope you can help identify our guest.

Davenport, Florida

O.K. readers, you know the drill. What is this Loch Ness Monster of Davenport, Florida? As always, be sure to tell us how you came up with your answer. Guesses are welcome.

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