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Taking a walk around the neighborhood with my son, we went by the drainage pond which was dug at the end of our development, beside the cypress swamp. We came across the famous poisonous Florida Cottonmouth in it's own habitat: out basking near the water at sunset. Since our state has allowed for so much rapid growth and development, much of the land used for new homes and businesses is reclaimed from old cattle fields or orange groves (which don't make nearly as much money for their owners as selling the land for a new subdivision). We have also had small alligators living in this same drainage pond.

Florida Cottonmouths, or Water Moccasins, grow to a average length of 36 inches. The one here is about 15 inches long. Cottonmouths are so named because of the aggresive stance they take when threatened: rather than flee, they stand their ground and gape open their very white colored mouths, as you see this one doing to my son and I.

I thought this was the non-venomous Brown Water Snake, until he flashed open his white mouth at us. Cottonmouths are aggresive, and more poisonous than most other poisonous snakes in Florida, except the Rattler. And we moved in to their habitat.

Sorry about the technical problems - any comments or critiques are welcome, of course. And before you say it, next time, I will probably not stop so long! ;o)

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