Update 2019-05-20: A more likely identification.
Definitely not a rattlesnake. Whatever it is, it chose poorly by showing up right in front of the dogs’ doghouse.
Don’t know which dog dislikes them most, maybe Yellow Dog. Continue reading
For the rest of the story, see Cottonmouth moccasin v Yellow Dog and Brown Dog @ OPF 2016-11-29.
Gretchen Quarterman was surprised when Yellow Dog walked past me and picked up that snake about 4 feet to my left. I had backed off when I took this picture, but the venom splatter still got on my arm, which immediately started tingling. With a bit of soap and water, it’s fine. For once the Yellow Dog did not get bit. She did get some of the food she likes best and a bone. Brown Dog prudently stayed out of this one.
Later I showed it to Gretchen (see below). Continue reading
Hardly can see the moccasin bite mark:
Ew, she kissin me!Continue reading
Yellow Dog looking at a cottonmouth moccasin:
Moccasin in water:Continue reading
Snake in the grass and in the hand:
Yellow Dog caught this snake by the swamp. She set it down when I told her too (I was surprised). When she and Brown Dog went off in the brush, I picked it up to transport it where they wouldn’t get it again. Snake on the skin: Continue reading
A snakey present from the dogs:
Picture by John S. Quarterman for Okra Paradise Farms, Lowndes County, Georgia, 14 September 2012.
I like snakes: they eat rodents, and I’m allergic to rodents. But the dogs don’t like snakes that trespass on their area near the house. They left this one in the middle of the walkway from the house to the carport. You see it in the truck on the way to somewhere else.
I think Yellow Dog is nostalgic for her YouTube hit, Black Snake vs. Yellow Dog. They look mild-mannered, Yellow Dog and Brown Dog, but so far a beaver, a raccoon, several rattlesnakes, and two kinds of water moccassins have found tangling with the dogs is not a good idea.
Although that copperhead did give Yellow Dog a bit of a hangover. Here Yellow Dog thanks you for your concern.