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by Carman Clark

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God has made us different,
he made us so unique.
We slither on the ground,
we have no hands and feet.
Though you find us scary,
or maybe just plain weird,
our intentions are not to hurt you
or cause you such great fear.
Our venom's not meant for humans
but to help us when we eat.
So, please stop the senseless killing
before we're all extinct.
We're not saying you have to love us
or tell us we're the best.
God's the one who created us.
So, treat us with respect.

written by Sarah Clark
for Southeastern Reptile Rescue



Fears are educated into us
and can, if we wish,
be educated out.
-Karl A. Merringer

A righteous man cares for
the needs of his animal...
Proverbs 12:10

The snake is an animal.
It has a backbone and a heart.
It has red blood.
It drinks water and eats food.
It breathes air and feels fear
just like every other
animal in the world.
And, it's in a body that's
the hardest thing
for the average
person to understand.


The cottonmouth, also known as the water moccassin is closely related to the copperhead. Young cottomouths and copperheads are sometimes difficult to distinguish from one another by the untrained eye. Cottonmouths inhabit areas near water such as slow moving creeks, rivers, swamps and even retention ponds and ditches. Cottonmouths are known for eating just about anything they can put in their mouth but usually survive on frogs and fish that they catch in shallow water. One myth about cottonmouths is that they are very aggressive and will chase you because they are territorial. This is not true. Cottonmouths, when encountered may not immediately flee. This is not because they think they're tough and want to stand their ground but instead because they hope that by remaining still, you won't see them and will continue on your way. When provoked, a cottonmouths usual response is not to bite but instead display their threat pose which is coling up, opening their mouths and showing off the white interior of their mouths.

To learn more about Cottonmouths, check out all of our videos featuring this species here.

A juvenile cottonmouth using his tongue to smell the air.
Shaded areas indicate the natural range of the cottonmouth in Georgia.Though the cottonmouth pictured here does have a triangular shaped head, so do a few other harmless non-venomous water snakes.
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