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    Where I live, there are no cottonmouths. We have copperheads instead. Apparently the two ranges don't overlap much.

    What this means is a lot of people get the idea that no black snake in the area is venomous.

    Which would be true if not for the fact that a number of mountain areas around here are crawling (literally) with gorgeous (top image here if you want to see one) and deadly black-phase timber rattlers. Which happen to like sunning on the asphalt at the national parks and forests before the humans are up in the morning, and therefore are probably one of the more likely venomous snake encounters at said parks and forests, since the copperheads prefer to stay in the woods.

    Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

    by Cassandra Waites on Tue May 15, 2012 at 10:41:40 AM PDT

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    •  The ranges of cottonmouth and copperhead (9+ / 0-)

      do overlap a great deal.  Both species are found throughout the southeastern states.  The copperhead is also found north of the cottonmouth's natural range.

      •  In southeastern Virginia we had both in our yard; (1+ / 0-)
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        the copperhead had settled down next to the house and I almost stepped on another one mowing.  Always wore boots when I mowed after that.  Next door neighbor killed a cottonmouth next to their house.  I noticed that the cottonmouth would stand its ground out in the woods; it had no intention of moving out of its way to humor humans.  We had rattlers, too.  And all sorts on non-venomous snakes.  It was marshy and there were lakes not too far away.

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