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Posted by K.A. on July 01, 2002 at 23:39:08:
In Reply to: Call me...(more) posted by Chris McMartin on July 01, 2002 at 18:42:11:
:: I'm in Schertz. I'm on the call list for the South Texas Herpetological Association for the capture and relocation of problem reptiles. I would LOVE to see the "cottonmouth water moccasins" and capture/relocate them.
I'm pretty close to you. My neighborhood is near Weidner and IH 35.
I've always wondered what to do. I know some people are going to be upset, but I killed two of the 3. And they were definately cottonmouth moccasins. The first one was on the front porch near a potted tree and I didn't know what he was because he had a pattern I had never seen before. I always thought they were black. I knew he was venomous by the shape of his head but I didn't get to study him because he crawled into a hole in the wall. Then I sprayed enough insecticide in it to kill a horse.
The next one was coiled in a bush right next to our workshop. My little boy was after a lizard and discovered it. It too had splotches. I killed that one right there in the bush (I'm suprised the bush survived!) so we got a good look at that one. It was cool to see his fangs and cottony mouth.
: I'm naturally skeptical of reports of cottonmouths because the average Joe/Jane often mistakes harmless water snakes for cottonmouths.
I've seen the natrixes out in the ditch also. They don't bother me a bit!
:unsupervised. That said, even if the child gets in the bushes, the chances that a snake will be there are slim. Even if a snake is there, the chances that the child will get bitten are even slimmer. Even if the child is bitten, the chances of a fatality are VERY slim.
That is comforting, I really don't worry about it to much, but I don't want to be ignorant either. I love my babies!
: Seriously, I'd like to scout out the pond sometime to confirm the snake ID, and if you have a "snake crisis" in the yard, I'd be happy to assist. Email if you want the number.