One fine morning, while hiking back out of a local wildlife sanctuary, I was about to step on what I thought was a stick, when, suddenly, my eyes detected a distinctively non-stick-like pattern. It turned out to be a youngish cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus) sunning itself in the trail. Thankfully, these snakes are not nearly as aggressive as legend says they are (it is my understanding that they get this mistaken reputation from highly aggressive, non-poisonous water snakes). A quick flick with my walking stick near the tail, and this fellow(ette) decided the swamp on the other side of the trail was more to his/her liking.
As of yet, I've not been bitten by a venomous snake...I'm praying that it stays that way.
Rainfall summary for Water Year 2016 - The maps below show a rainfall summary ... In inches for water year 2016. Top right: Full year (May 2016 to April 2017) Bottom left: Wet Season (May thru O...
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