I was asked to go to a guys house and remove a 4 ft black snake. From the descption I believe the snake was a black racer. After searching for over an hour and tearing his yard up, we gave up.
On the way home about a 1/4 mile from my house, I passed right by a snake on the road. I barely saw it because it was just getting dark. I hit the brakes spun around and since I had all my snake catching gear right there I scooped him up in a box. Put the top on and put him in the van. I could tell by his markings that he was 100% a cotton mouth. Even though he didn't curl up and display the white mouth, I had no doubt.
I got home took the box off and I expected the cotton mouth display, but he was just sitting in there. I looked close and even though it was dark, I could see that it wasn't a cottonmouth, it was a banded watersnake. I had just took a quick look at it's body and assumed it was a cottonmouth.
While I was playing with him, he decided to take a bite, He swung his head around, grabbed my finger. In that split second I felt his teeth against my skin. For some reason, he didn't bite down, he just let me go without biting me. I have never heard of any snake doing that.
Here some of the pics. Sorry that some of them are a little blurry, but it's hard to take a pics while trying to avoid a snakebite at night.
I let him go behind my house. There is a nice deep ditch that he can live in back there.
See if you can find the snake in this pic.
It's funny that I went to rescue a snake, but couldn't find it, then I ended up driving right up on and then rescuing a snake less that a mile from my house. Sometimes it happens that way.