October 21, 2014 at 1:15pm
Regular water snakes flatten their head when frightened, to intimidate I assume. I used to hunt and sell water snakes when I was in high school and there were several times I thought I was walking up on a cottonmouth because of the diamond-shaped head. I have killed several hundred water snakes and this one kind of looks like one. Very hard to tell from this angle though. A water snake will have a yellowish belly while a cotton mouth will have a multi-colored belly. A cotton mouth will also have a dark strip over it's eyes while a water snake will not.
I have never seen a cotton mouth with a long tail like that, aside from a juvenile.
Oh well, it's a snake, and looks like a dead one at that. THAT we know lol