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Published on Apr 22, 2012
Say hello to the cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus. This videograph details a young cottonmouth --likely an intergrade between the Florida cottonmouth (A. p. conanti) and Eastern cottonmouth (A. p. piscivorus) subspecies-- recorded and photographed at Grand Bay WMA in south Georgia (just east of Valdosta).
Though I suspect this individual was riding some serious Florida cottonmouth DNA, it's extremely difficult to differentiate younger individuals. Further, intergradation is not uncommon in this stretch of south Georgia. In other words: delineating a trinomial subspecies classification would be a total guess one way or the other.
Please note and remember that the cottonmouth *is* a venomous snake and should *always* be treated with extreme caution and respect. They are not meant to be taken lightly. They also shouldn't be irrationally feared. Cottonmouths would much rather go about their day than tangle with a big, bad hominid.