cotton mouth!

25 replies [Last post]
Offline
Joined:
07/23/2008

Came home from church today and we found a Cotton Mouth Water Moccasin out by our pond!

We frightened it and it went into the pond! I just know it will eat our Koi!!!

How do we get rid of it and how do we know its safe for our guests and dogs out there??

__________________

Sunshine

 

Arks's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2010

Oh, I've been comfortable here on the dark side for a long time. Have sidetracked many a topic. Now let's talk about racehorses...

__________________

All saints can do miracles, but few of them can keep hotel. ~ Mark Twain

 

Offline
Joined:
06/24/2008

Arkansawyer wrote:

Oh, I've been comfortable here on the dark side for a long time. Have sidetracked many a topic. Now let's talk about racehorses...

Now I thought you would want to talk gators! 

 

Arks's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2010

copperhead wrote:

Now I thought you would want to talk gators! 

We're far enough north to have no gators, killer bees or fire ants. We do have our share of cottonmouths but they mostly stick to the farmer's rice fields. There are copperheads but they're just not a problem. I haven't heard of anybody getting bitten in years.

I'm waiting to see my first bear. Arkansas' original state nickname was "The Bear State", but we ate them all. The government is reintroducing them to the state and asking us to stop eating them, but this is the Ozarks, and people get tired of eating road kill all the time, so go looking for something more exotic.

Should I post this on my website?

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

Speaking of exotic, my daughter commented that the guest is leaving (this was early today) and I said, No they are staying for breakfast. She said "No she is walking around with her purse" and I had to laugh. I said "They live in NY NY"

You can take the girl out of the city, but not the city out of the girl...

__________________

Gluten free is never free. - Joey Bloggs

 

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

Racehorses don't like snakes.

__________________

Everyday, for good or ill, we intersect with some else's story and become a part of it.

 

Offline
Joined:
07/23/2008

Look what I found!!

  A product called "Snake Away"! Snake Away - 4 LB.
    http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/

    

Proud Texan's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/30/2008

Sunshine wrote:

Look what I found!!

  A product called "Snake Away"! Snake Away - 4 LB.
    http://www.domyownpestcontrol.com/

 The ingredients are Napthalene and Sulphur.     Napthalene is the key component of moth balls.   Make your own.

 

Arks's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2010

Welcome Steven James, and I love those Schlage locks too. Have them on lots of doors already, and will soon be installing wireless-connected ones that will let me delete/add codes from my iPhone or any computer, no matter where I am.

Offline
Joined:
09/26/2012

Last Fall I cleaned the kitchen pantry out from top to bottom. Everything was organized and in its proper place. At this time I did not have the keyless self locking door locks which are now on all main doors. So there I was late Fall and needing to grab something from the bottom pantry shelf and I reached in without looking and grabbed a big ole snake. I screamed like a Catholic school girl. I knew it came in from one of the multitudes of friggin riggin guest that are so lazy they block the doors open to remove there luggage and never close the doors back up.  Schlage locks have become my best friend, unique in that the pin deactivates from within the unit so no jammed up sliding bolts. Took less than three hours to install and best part they relock in five seconds.

Madeleine's picture
Offline
Joined:
09/29/2011

We have these locks, too, but without the knob on the inside. Just did not want 'helpful' guests locking out everyone else.

BTW, I'll have you know, Catholic school girls do not scream in the manner to which you referred. We let out a God-awful holler like the sainted nuns taught us for fending off boys with octopus hands. And we would have strangled that snake with our rosary beads. And not missed a Hail Mary.

Arks's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/22/2010

Madeleine wrote:

We have these locks, too, but without the knob on the inside. Just did not want 'helpful' guests locking out everyone else.

What the inside latch has two settings:

  1. Door locked so keypad code required to enter
  2. Door unlocked so ANYBODY can come in

So the helpful guests wouldn't be locking everyone else out. They would be letting everybody else in!

I deactivate those inside latches, so if the door is closed it can only be opened (from outside) with the keypad code. It becomes like a hotel door that uses a keycard. If it's closed, only the guest and staff can enter.

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

Arkansawyer wrote:

Madeleine wrote:

We have these locks, too, but without the knob on the inside. Just did not want 'helpful' guests locking out everyone else.

What the inside latch has two settings:

  1. Door locked so keypad code required to enter
  2. Door unlocked so ANYBODY can come in

So the helpful guests wouldn't be locking everyone else out. They would be letting everybody else in!

I deactivate those inside latches, so if the door is closed it can only be opened (from outside) with the keypad code. It becomes like a hotel door that uses a keycard. If it's closed, only the guest and staff can enter.

Welcome to the dark side Arks...you are officially a true side-tracker now. When I read this I thought, hm how can we go from cottonmouths to keypads? They don't have fingers? ha ha

Offline
Joined:
05/22/2008

UGh...I wouldn't care if it is against the law or not. If there is a huge snake in my yard, it is getting killed..no ifs ands or buts about it.

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

Second, you can't kill it, is against the law.  Did you get any photos? 

Offline
Joined:
06/24/2008

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Second, you can't kill it, is against the law.  Did you get any photos? 

Not against the law here either, thank goodness! 

One summer day 2 couples were standing on the balcony looking over the railing.  I went out and they said 'your cat seems to be taken by that fake snake'.  (thinking it was our son's)  Not fake, was an albino water moccasin.  They said do you want us to kill it? 

I said NO (while the vision of the Newspaper headline "guest at My B&B bitten by snake" rang through my head) I'll get DH to get it.  While I am terrified, DH is worse and I am sure my face showed it. 

One of the wives said 'let the guys handle it this is easy, they are gator hunters' 

Me - what's your weapon of choice? 

Proud Texan's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/30/2008

copperhead wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Second, you can't kill it, is against the law.  Did you get any photos? 

Not against the law here either, thank goodness! 

One summer day 2 couples were standing on the balcony looking over the railing.  I went out and they said 'your cat seems to be taken by that fake snake'.  (thinking it was our son's)  Not fake, was an albino water moccasin.  They said do you want us to kill it? 

I said NO (while the vision of the Newspaper headline "guest at My B&B bitten by snake" rang through my head) I'll get DH to get it.  While I am terrified, DH is worse and I am sure my face showed it. 

One of the wives said 'let the guys handle it this is easy, they are gator hunters' 

Me - what's your weapon of choice? 

 I have a little 410 shotgun that is actually called a "Snake Charmer"   It's a good all round varmint gun and easy to handle.  I like it because it's single shot and won't go off unless you mean for it too.

When we were first clearing our property,  we encountered about a 3 foot  copper head,  which I quickly introduced to Jesus at the end of my 410.   At the time,  DW was raking leaves at about a 90 degree angle from the direction I was facing when I discharged the gun...well within a zone of safety...I thought.   The shotgun blast bi-sected the reptile sending the business end flying where it landed at her feet still wriggling.   I didn't know DW could move that fast.

Proud Texan's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/30/2008

Joey Bloggs wrote:

Second, you can't kill it, is against the law.  Did you get any photos? 

 We apparently don't have that law here.   When we first bought our place, the creek bank was heavily overgrown creating a haven for cottonmouth water moccasins.  They grow quite large and are aggressive.  We killed a goodly number of them until we cleared the brush from the creek banks.  We haven't seen one for 5+ years.   We still have several variety of harmless water snakes,  but those don't bother us.   

Our biggest problem are copperheads.   Though poisonous,  they aren't deadly to anyone over 40 lbs.  Their bite cause necrotizing of the flesh around the bite marks.  Fortunately,  we are 10 minutes from the emergency room.

Our biggest ally is our barn cat,Clementine.  She has decimated the rodent population around here removing their food source.  Occasionally she will bring us a dead copperhead as a "gift" at our door.  Since her arrival, we only see one or two a year and those are generally found by our yard men.

I'll tell you how I killed a cottonmouth once.   That sucker was about 6 feet long and nearly as thick as my wrist.   I got by pole pruner, that I use to trim trees, and lopped his head clean off.   It took a little bit of effort.   But you know that snake that you wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole.....well I did.

Offline
Joined:
06/24/2008

Proud Texan wrote:

Our biggest problem are copperheads. 

crying

Proud Texan's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/30/2008

copperhead wrote:

Proud Texan wrote:

Our biggest problem are copperheads. 

crying

LOL.   Not you silly!   

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

Yeah the Copperheads are much less venomous, and more timid than the Cottonmouths. We have Timber Rattlers here, they are pretty ferocious and very aggressive. 

Great story about the pole! 

Offline
Joined:
07/23/2008

ok, I called the conservation dept. They said we can't do anything about it. They said we have snakes in the city and that it probably has lived here for sometime, based on its size. They said due to the cooler weather, they are on the move to find a place to winter. we just happened to be in the right place at the right time to see it. YUK!

Offline
Joined:
10/07/2008

First question is are you sure it was a cotton mouth, as there are so many water snakes that look like them?

Offline
Joined:
07/23/2008

Joey Bloggs wrote:

First question is are you sure it was a cotton mouth, as there are so many water snakes that look like them?

Yes, the three of us got a good look at it (would have preferred not to have)! I looked it up on the internet for matching images. matches it exactly! It is a big one too. about the size of my wrist.

I'm going to look it up and see if its legal to kill it. but if I got that close, I'd probably throw a bucket on it to trap it for someone else to kill it, or throw a big bolder on it.

Breakfast Diva's picture
Offline
Joined:
05/26/2009

Legal, smegle.....kill the blasted thing!

Offline
Joined:
07/23/2008

Breakfast Diva wrote:

Legal, smegle.....kill the blasted thing!

Thats exactly how I feel!!!

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.