what kind of snake this is? I'm glad I saw him crossing the trail
before I stepped too close - I certainly gave him a wide right of
After sending a larger pic of this guy to Bill Saunders, the park
superintendent, he immediately emailed me back to say it was a Cottonmouth
(Water Moccasin)! I looked it up on the net, and here's what I saw:
snakes are poisonous and extremely aggressive. They get the name
cottonmouth because when they prepare to strike they open their
jaws wide, exposing the puffy white lining of their mouths. Alligators
only get aggressive during mating season, but cottonmouths are in
a constant state of PMS - they not only will NOT run away from you,
they will seek you out and chase you down."
Wow - it is kinda
freaky now that I think about it. Of course, my mind went to "what
if I had gotten bit by a cottonmouth that day - it's possible I would
be dead by now - or certainly not enjoying my life the way I am now."
A reminder that we never know how much time we have left and what
freakish things can happen to interrupt all our carefully laid plans.
All the more reason I'm happy to be doing what I'm doing instead of
something more "reasonable and responsible" by some people's