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    Yeah, the Nerodia species have nasty dispositions as well. Been bit by them more times than I can count. Pretty horrible stink on them too. I was surprised by the 1st Mud Snake I ever grabbed, I had no idea about that spine they have on their tail. They're not particularly aggressive but they have no problem stabbing you with that thing.

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    A very nice collection of photos! I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite but I love the alligator shots.
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    awesome pics! i hope to never see a cotton mouth that closeup in real life.

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    Love me some southern Florida. . Thanks for sharing

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    Nice Racerunner shots. I remember trying for hours to get some pictures, never got anything that nice.
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    Your skink looks like some species of Plestiodon. Beyond that, they're impossible to ID without having them in hand. Counting labial scales was always a fun practice in herpetology lab

    Quote Originally Posted by Cthulhu138 View Post
    Yeah, the Nerodia species have nasty dispositions as well. Been bit by them more times than I can count. Pretty horrible stink on them too. I was surprised by the 1st Mud Snake I ever grabbed, I had no idea about that spine they have on their tail. They're not particularly aggressive but they have no problem stabbing you with that thing.
    It's funny you mention the spine. Native people used to believe that this species (and Rainbow Snake, F. erytrogramma) could inject venom into predators and prey through that pointed scale at the tip of their tail. There are some fairly odd legends surrounding that genus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pebes View Post
    awesome pics! i hope to never see a cotton mouth that closeup in real life.
    You would have hated seeing it in my hands before I brought it out to the road for the photos.

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    Nice Racerunner shots. I remember trying for hours to get some pictures, never got anything that nice.
    Yeah, they're quick. They run and stop though, makes it a bit easier. Catching them early, just after they come out for the day is the best time to photograph them. They're still a little sluggish from the night.

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    Love reptiles, especially snakes... I'm jealous.
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