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Several years ago, I came upon a rather large snapper taking a lazy stroll across our street and decided I ... the stick to drag him to safety. The neighbors still wonder why they never see me swimming in the lake.

A few years back a snapper took a shine to the property where my sis works. I was telling her of this tale, and she emailed me a few pics of this great beast. It was a she, and per sis, laid eggs on the property, and the later hatchlings were adored by all before being relocated to an unnamed location.

I can email the pics, if anyone is interested, or y'all can wait until I get my picture thing up and running. No pics of egg laying, at least not that she sent me, but several good shots of a ginormous snapper.

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Doing a search on "aggressive" and "cottonmouth" I find a lot of disparity in opinions on wither the cottonmouth is ... ones (as opposed to joe blows blog site) tend to support the position that its aggressive nature is not deserved.

Man that sounds like the shark huggers (naturalist) who claim bull sharks are not aggressive, they mistake humans for fish.

A couple of naturalist were proving that very fact a couple of years ago, in knee deep water, with bull sharks all around them, and guess what? one of them got nailed! on camera, yet they still claimed they are not aggressive
California banned cougar hunting a few years back, and now people are dying, while they are jogging in their neighborhoods

There are no "naturalist" that will claim any animal is aggressive towards man, it's politically incorrect, and would cost them their jobs.

My feelings on the matter is from personal experience, not based on what I have read somewhere, and I would bet Joe Blow's Blog site is based on the same thing, his personal experiences
Regardless, the number of biting incidences is incredibly low

Yep they are low,, because people like me keep them from places where people are. That's why they are not protected by law, at least not here
and the number of deaths from those bites minimal.

Have you ever seen someone that survived a snake bite ? Go on the net and take a look at the damage caused, how would you like your child to go through that, because you thought that cotton mouth you saw the week before, was no threat
Hardly justifies killing every one you come across, especially if it poses no threat to you.

I never said I kill everyone I see,, hardly, in some of the places I fish I will see a dozen of them a day, hanging on limbs over the water, these are some out of the way places, where few people go, and those who do, know they are there, they also don't run their boats under tree limbs :-)
Cotton mouths normally don't hang around clear banks, or open water, they like it back in the feeder creaks, swamps, and the over grown banks, where they can drop on their pray from limbs (few people get on these banks, and fewer still swim in those areas) this is where the cotton mouth has a place in nature, not on your swimming beach, under your pier, or in your back yard

Rodney Long,
Inventor of the Mojo SpecTastic "WIGGLE" rig, SpecTastic Thread, Boomerang Fishing Pro. ,Stand Out Hooks ,Stand Out Lures, Mojo's Rock Hopper & Rig Saver weights, and the EZKnot http://www.ezknot.com
Don Freeman proclaimed:
They, and man, have no place together, a cotton mouth ... provoked, I've had it happen to me more than once,

Yet you state that the snake was on the bank, and you were 20 ft away, on the water, and in a boat. Now THAT sounds non-provoked.

I think he misunderstood the snake's motivation. The snake was really trying to protect him from the Killer Rabbit that was trying to crawl into the boat from the other side.
Don Freeman proclaimed:
Yep, I got him before he got me , or ... the few that will come after you, instead of fleeing.

Doing a search on "aggressive" and "cottonmouth" I find a lot of disparity in opinions on wither the cottonmouth is ... from those bites minimal. Hardly justifies killing every one you come across, especially if it poses no threat to you.

But Don, it was large and old! Pay attention dammit! And it was a threat to him and his wife and his unborn grandchildren! And it was MEAN! And obviously intelligent, having survived all previous risks other than the idiot factor that alone can be a danger to some folk.
Lizz Holmans proclaimed:
Now I live in Arizona, and my boys and I ... of the opinion that snakes have got a bad rap.

That's because the snakes migrated to Thunderbird Lake outside of Norman OK. In my nursing career at Norman's Finest Hospital (3 years, I think), I had 2 patients with rattlesnake bite. Both of them survived, but it wasn't a pleasant experience.

Been bit by a sidewinder. It wasn't a particularly pleasant experience but have had worse.
Perhaps if I hadn't stepped on its back while it was sleeping under the white sand, it might not have been so grouchy. Ashamed to admit I survived the experience and the snake didn't.
Spoken like a foreigner...the first reaction of anyone who grew up in the Southwest to the above is "what a waste of free food!"...

Oh, I've done my share of knawing at pieces of bone and gristle, trying to find some trace of protein fiber. This usually happens when I can convince a friend to come and visit, so I can do the 'This is how we live out West' routine.
R H "it's always a shovel for some reason...nobody ever hits one with a cricket bat" Draney

Alfred, "I once crossed a cricket with a wombat, .."
A few years back a snapper took a shine to the property where my sis works. I was telling her ... No pics of egg laying, at least not that she sent me, but several good shots of a ginormous snapper.[/nq]If anyone has a need, I can send them a 20-minute video of a box turtle digging a hole to lay her eggs in. After 20 minutes, I realized this could end up taking a long time, and I was covered with mosquito bites, so I decided to call it a night. I came out the next day and there was no trace of any egg-laying activity there. If I hadn't taken some close-up pics of the spot whilte the turtle was there, I wouldn't even have been able to find the spot.

I don't know if the eggs ever hatched. A few years earlier, I came across a box turtle (maybe the same one?) at another spot nearby laying eggs, but those had been dug up and presumably eaten by the next morning. If I ever get the time, I'll probably make an animated GIF of this video.
Doing a search on "aggressive" and "cottonmouthI find a lot of disparit in opinions on wither the cottonmouth is actually ... more reliable ones (aoppose to joe blows blog site) tend to support the position that itaggressiv nature is not deserved

Man that sounds like the shark huggers (naturalist) who claim bull sharks are not aggressive, they mistake humans for fish A couple of naturalist were proving that very fact a couple of years ago, in knee deep water, with bull sharks all around them, and guess what? one of them got nailed! on camera, yet they still claimed the are
not aggressiv
California banned cougar hunting a few years back, and now people are dying, while they are jogging in their neighborhood There are no "naturalist" that will claim any animal i aggressive
towards man, it's politically incorrect, and would cost them thei jobs
My feelings on the matter is from personal experience, not based o what
I have read somewhere, and I would bet Joe Blow's Blog site is base on
the same thing, his personal experience
Regardless, the number of biting incidences i incredibly lo

Yep they are low,, because people like me keep them from places where people are. That's why they are not protected by law, at least no her
and the number of deaths from those bites minimal

Have you ever seen someone that survived a snake bite ? Go on the net and take a look at the damage caused, how would you like your child t go through that, because you thought that cotton mouth you saw th week
before, was no threa
Hardl justifies killing every one you come across, especially if it posen threat to you

I never said I kill everyone I see,, hardly, in some of the places I fish I will see a dozen of them a day, hanging on limbs over th water,
these are some out of the way places, where few people go, and thos who
do, know they are there, they also don't run their boats under tree limbs :-
Cotton mouths normally don't hang around clear banks, or open water, they like it back in the feeder creaks, swamps, and the over grown banks, where they can drop on their pray from limbs (few people get o these banks, and fewer still swim in those areas) this is where the cotton mouth has a place in nature, not on your swimming beach, under your pier, or in your back yar

Rodney Long
Inventor of the Mojo SpecTastic "WIGGLE" rig, SpecTasti Thread
Boomerang Fishing Pro. ,Stand Out Hooks ,Stand Out Lures Mojo's Rock Hopper & Rig Saver weights, and the EZKno http://www.ezknot.co
Sent via http://Pets-99.com , http://AnimalForum.ws & http://animalblog.org
Doing a search on "aggressive" and "cottonmouthI find a lot of disparit in opinions on wither the cottonmouth is actually ... more reliable ones (aoppose to joe blows blog site) tend to support the position that itaggressiv nature is not deserved

Man that sounds like the shark huggers (naturalist) who claim bull sharks are not aggressive, they mistake humans for fish A couple of naturalist were proving that very fact a couple of years ago, in knee deep water, with bull sharks all around them, and guess what? one of them got nailed! on camera, yet they still claimed the are
not aggressiv
California banned cougar hunting a few years back, and now people are dying, while they are jogging in their neighborhood There are no "naturalist" that will claim any animal i aggressive
towards man, it's politically incorrect, and would cost them thei jobs
My feelings on the matter is from personal experience, not based o what
I have read somewhere, and I would bet Joe Blow's Blog site is base on
the same thing, his personal experience
Regardless, the number of biting incidences i incredibly lo

Yep they are low,, because people like me keep them from places where people are. That's why they are not protected by law, at least no her
and the number of deaths from those bites minimal

Have you ever seen someone that survived a snake bite ? Go on the net and take a look at the damage caused, how would you like your child t go through that, because you thought that cotton mouth you saw th week
before, was no threa
Hardl justifies killing every one you come across, especially if it posen threat to you

I never said I kill everyone I see,, hardly, in some of the places I fish I will see a dozen of them a day, hanging on limbs over th water,
these are some out of the way places, where few people go, and thos who
do, know they are there, they also don't run their boats under tree limbs :-
Cotton mouths normally don't hang around clear banks, or open water, they like it back in the feeder creaks, swamps, and the over grown banks, where they can drop on their pray from limbs (few people get o these banks, and fewer still swim in those areas) this is where the cotton mouth has a place in nature, not on your swimming beach, under your pier, or in your back yar

Rodney Long
Inventor of the Mojo SpecTastic "WIGGLE" rig, SpecTasti Thread
Boomerang Fishing Pro. ,Stand Out Hooks ,Stand Out Lures Mojo's Rock Hopper & Rig Saver weights, and the EZKno http://www.ezknot.co
Sent via http://Pets-99.com , http://AnimalForum.ws & http://animalblog.org
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