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Old 06-12-2011, 11:25 AM   #1
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SO my question is what do you guys think this was? We where at Ft Mcrae yesterday afternoon. My sis in law started freaking out and pointing in the water, I looked down and it was what I first thought was an eel. It was brownish in color with lighter markings, I got a decent look at it, but I was several feet away. The thing went under the boat. As we where leaving she told me it came from the beach into the water, there went my eel theory. I think it was to dark for a moccasin. Any ideas? It was probably 2 feet long.

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Old 06-12-2011, 12:03 PM   #2
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One way to tell if the snake is a cottonmouth is when it swims they will swim with almost their whole body out of the water, but the water snake swim mostly underwater. Pasted from a link.
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I don't think that you can always go by color. I was at Big Lagoon and saw one of the largest water mocassins I have ever seen and it was dark colored. I've seen brownish red copperheads in freshwater streams but have yet to see one in salt water. Lastcast gave you a good description of how one swims. I used to watch for that swim when I bass fished in Guntersville Lake. I was afraid one would try to get in the boat with me so I kept the paddle ready. It was a relief when it turned out to be soft shelled turtles.
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More likely a snake not an eel
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have also seen rattlers swimming in salt water
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Most of the one's we need to worry about around here will almost, almost always swim on top. There is a population on McRae around the freshwater ponds, so they are around.
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Probably a water snake. I've seen them all over the place in bays and brackish water in North Carolina, underneath the surface of the water.

A cottonmouth will, like another poster said, be out of the water and pretty unmistakeable if it is swimming.



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Cool, thanks for the input. I'm thinking water snake also. He can go his way and I will go mine.
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As a cottonmouth ages, he gets darker and the pattern becomes almost indistinguishable. The younger ones have a distinct pattern and sometimes are mistaken for a copperhead.
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