I was testing out my 4 wheel drive today for the first time. There is this place in the swamp that I have always wanted to go to but I didn't have the vehicle for it. So I decided to make it my first trip. The place is miles from the closest paved road, so I figured there has got to be some giant snakes back here. It was really hot today so I didn't expect to find any. I didn't even bring my camera.
Anyway I was going down a dirt road at about 20 or 30 mph. At the last second I saw a snake in the road. I missed him by only inches. I slammed on the brakes and jumped out with my snake hook. I could see him from where I stopped and he was in the classic cottonmouth pose. Head pointed to the sky and mouth wide open. I approached and he stood his ground, he didn't even think about running away. Everytime I would move he would show me his big white mouth and shake his tail. I picked him up and took a good look at him. His tail was a pretty yellowish green color. The coolest thing about him was his eyes. The coloration near the bottom of his eyes was red and so was the bottom half of his pupil. I stuck a piece of wire in his mouth and pulled his fangs back and I was amazed by their length. I spent about 5 mins with this guy and the whole time he let me know he didn't trust me but he never struck at me.
I was so bummed that I left my camera at home, but I did get a pic of him with my phone.
OK are you ready for this monster?