Friday, November 18, 2016

Water Snake


This cute little snake showed up when a friend and I were looking for his golf ball in the grass that borders a pond on the Juliette Falls Golf Course. Not being very snake-wise, I asked my friend if it was a cottonmouth aka water moccasin. He said, no, that cottonmouths are thicker and usually have a brownish color. They are very aggressive, though, and will come after you.  He said that a few years ago, while he was fishing near the shore of a lake, a cottonmouth chased his boat in the water and tried to climb in it.

This, he said, was probably a water snake. So, I moved in close and asked if it would be all right if I took a photo. There was no response which I took as consent, so I snapped a few shots and then the snake slithered back into the high grass.

I was quite happy that it wasn't a water moccasin aka cottonmouth.

15 comments:

Catalyst said...

You snuck up on a snake.

Linda said...

Great capture, Lowell...and it is cute! :)

Kay said...

We don't have poisonous snakes in western Washington and I'm glad of it. Were I you, Lowell, I might undertake a little poisonous snake recognition training. "Probably" a water snake isn't quite enough assurance in my book. (I still get the jitters thinking about the young rattlesnake I met once while thoughtlessly pursuing wildflower shots in the Arizona desert.)

bill burke said...

I am not a friend of the snake regardless of what kind they are.

magiceye said...

Glad you could take a pic!

Suza said...

wow. fantastic picture. be careful of the snake ;)
best susa from germany

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Yikes! The thought of being chased by a cottonmouth snake is pretty scary Lowell, glad your little slithery friend here wasn't interested in the chase 😀

Gosia k said...

Lowell it looks interesting in Poland we do no any snakes but I hate them

Sharon Anck said...

Oh my, the brave things you do for this blog! That snake chasing the boat story gave me a shiver.

Small City Scenes said...

I used to really like snakes---no poisonous ones here---but as I get older I find I don't need or want them. Weird
MB

Judy said...

That's a scary story. We do have rattlesnakes here but they don't chase people. They are really quite timid and will hide and only strike when threatened. I still don't like them though. And I wouldn't go rummaging around in the tall grass for a golf ball.

Bibi said...

I don't mind snakes if they reciprocate and leave me alone.

Rambling Woods said...

Hello..I came here from Sallie's blog after reading your comment about the election. My 92 year old MIL is afraid of the same thing after escaping Nazi Germany with her siblings.. Her parents did not. This is very scary... very disturbing... On another notes.. I love the snake photo..I host a small nature meme for about 7 years on my blog.. Nature Notes... Michelle from ramblingwoods.com

William Kendall said...

Hello there, critter!

Karl Demetz said...

Not my preferred animal !

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