I live in South Louisiana above the second bank of a bayou and on occassion a water snake will wander through my yard. In the past, these have usually been transients brought about by flooding from storms and such.

Now it seems that a cottonmouth of about two and a half to three feet may have taken up residence. It was sighted moving from the yard to under the house twice about two days apart.
I really hate having to kill it but I can't let a aggressive venemous reptile such as the cottonmouth hang about because children play in the yard; not to mention pets. Should I give it another day or two or hunt it down and kill it?
I haven't seen it myself and the person who did isn't as familiar with local snakes as I. It could be a hognose but I doubt it. Please note that if I happen to see it in the yard, I will shoot it immediately.

Chip
"Oderint dum metuant."
- Lucius Accius
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I would say better safe then sorry, regardless.
I know if I had children and especially if they were just having a good time playing outside, and a cottonmouth bit them. You would be sorry...

Good luck, use a .22!
I live in South Louisiana above the second bank of a bayou and on occassion a water snake will wander ... doubt it. Please note that if I happen to see it in the yard, I will shoot it immediately.

Why don't you hunt it down, capture it and release it elsewhere?

There is no reason to kill it. There are plenty of places to release in the swamps!

Om.
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-***." -Jack Nicholson
I live in South Louisiana above the second bank of a bayou and on occassion a water snake will wander ... doubt it. Please note that if I happen to see it in the yard, I will shoot it immediately.

I agree with Om. Why not just catch it and release it elsewhere if you feel comfortable doing so, or see if you can find someone who will do so for you. Where do you live, btw? Baton Rouge is my hometown Emotion: smile

griffin
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that if I happen to see it in the yard, I will shoot it immediately.

Why don't you hunt it down, capture it and release it elsewhere?

Yeah, really. I agree with Omelet.
Please note

Why don't you hunt it down, capture it and release it elsewhere?

Yeah, really. I agree with Omelet.

Thank you... ;-)
And for the record, I have captured cottonmouths, rattlesnakes and copperheads using a snake hook and either relocated them personally (way away from civilization with a local source of water) or turned them over to Wildlife rescue...
I found it amusing once when I called a local wildlife rescue facility and asked them if they took rattlesnakes as I had just captured one in my chickenyard and did not have time to deal with it. The person that answered the phone was slightly snotty and replied that they would release it.
I replied, "well of course I knew you would! I just don't have time for a long drive right now and want it out of here". She was mollified and sent a volunteer to pick it up. ;-)

Om.
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-***." -Jack Nicholson
I would say better safe then sorry, regardless. I know if I had children and especially if they were just having a good time playing outside, and a cottonmouth bit them. You would be sorry... Good luck, use a .22!

It's illegal to fire .22 in my Parish. I'll use the 16 gauge.

>snip<

Chip
"Oderint dum metuant."
- Lucius Accius
I live in South Louisiana above the second bank of ... see it in the yard, I will shoot it immediately.

Why don't you hunt it down, capture it and release it elsewhere? There is no reason to kill it. There are plenty of places to release in the swamps!

No effing way will I attempt to live capture a cottonmouth. I have a crazy friend that used to and he has the scars to show it.

Chip
"Oderint dum metuant."
- Lucius Accius
I live in South Louisiana above the second bank of ... see it in the yard, I will shoot it immediately.

I agree with Om. Why not just catch it and release it elsewhere if you feel comfortable doing so, or see if you can find someone who will do so for you. Where do you live, btw? Baton Rouge is my hometown Emotion: smile

I live in New Iberia. The Sherrif would shoot it too.

Chip
"Oderint dum metuant."
- Lucius Accius
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