Bumped into him a week ago crossing an old roadway that runs between swamp land. In the woods I might have never noticed him, they blend in perfectly.
“..Much like the copperhead, cottonmouths belong to a family of snakes known as pit vipers, all of which share the same wedge-shaped head and catlike eyes seen in the copperhead. Cottonmouths are semi-aquatic, meaning they can swim and prefer moist or wet living conditions.
Cottonmouths have large venom-filled jowls. They vary in color from a brightly colored mix of browns and yellows to solid brown or black. Older cottonmouths tend to be less colorful…” (DNR).
I took these shoots and the snake went on his way.