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Can anyone tell me what kind of snake this is? I have killed three in my backyard this week. Unfortunately before I could get to the one today it bit my Boxer. Thanks
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Looks like a copperhead to me.
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isn't that a copperhead ?
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It's a copperhead.
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copperhead, hope the dog is ok, might want to call your vet.
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   kjs123
its a baby water moccasin, i catch them all the time by my house, when they get bigget they loose the green on the tail and get black.
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makes my neck itch just looking at it!
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I was pretty sure it was a Copperhead, I live in a subdivision in Zachary, never seen any snakes, much less a Copperhead and 3 so far this week. The vet gave us some antibiotics and said keep our fingers crossed, dogs usually pull through ok.
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Definitely a copperhead. You may need to bring your dog to a vet if you haven't already. Normally hunting breeds of the hound family group can fight it, depending the size of the snake vs the dog.

Normally they are in pairs, you may have more around, be careful. Try spreading mothballs around the areas where you have seen them or killed them.
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kjs, you may be right, copperhead is a little lighter and more rust colored.
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Yeah, copperhead alright. The best kind too. A dead one.
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   kjs123
you can read a little about what juviniles look like

http://tinyurl.com/nq6sem
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   kjs123
dont have a greentail, trust me its a cotton mouth,
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   LUCKY-MAN
they look small so there is a good chance you have more they can have a bunch of babys

the are a mean snake i would keep the pets and the kids inside untill you can check the yard
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The Boxer (Molly) did go to the vet, she is on some antibiotics and Benadryl. The vet thinks she will be fine. The snake was about 12 inches long and she weighs about 60 lbs. Thanks for all the feedback.
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   kjs123
is right, there will be more in the area you found thoes no doubt, when they get in my yard i usually catch 5 or 6 in a weeks time.... moth balls and snake away dont work as good as people may think ........ awareness does.

do a goodle searsh on "baby water moccasin" it has tons of photos
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I think he's right.......baby macasine. Look at the yellow tipped tail
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I caught one and have him in a jar to get a positive ID. Just never thought water moccasin because ther isn't any water around here, and all the ones I have seen were mature and much darker.
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That's a baby cottonmouth. The baby copperhead and the baby cottonmouth both have the yellow tail and are very similar looking. However, the bands on the copperhead are more symmetrical and are hourglass shaped.
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   swampwood
Its a Baby Cotton Mouth! They pack very potent poison too...hope the dog doing Ok.
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   Cory V
Benadryl and penicillin, if started right away, has saved many dogs for me, in that situation. Also, I agree with cajunthunder2 on the mothballs. It may not be the best thing to rid your yard of snakes, but i've noticed a huge difference since I've started using mothballs. I saw a special on discovery channel that said that armadillos are good to have around if you have a snake problem, they eat snakes too!or so they say. But a a couple king snakes can help control a moccassin population, I've witnessed that first hand.
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the thing about the young copperheads or any poisonious snakes are the young ones inject every bit of venom they have when they bite. an adult snake only injects a portion of their venom when they bite..so a young snake is more dangerious than an adult one in those ways....pleaseeeeee put out moth balls and lime.....and i promise you ther will be more if you dont find them quick,,,the adults have lotsss of babies when they have them...serach for them in the dark shaded places,,,keep the kids out of the yard until you find mother and the babies.....
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My vote goes to copperhead, just because I've seen a million and a half cottonmouths in my life and that don't look like one to me. Either way your dog should be fine our dogs get bit all the time. It'll swell up and look like hell but a bite on the foot like that will just make her limp for a few days. Better watch them lil bastards, they're hard to see and got a nasty little temperment.
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They are definitely baby cottonmouths. Once they get older they turn darker and fatter. You must have a drainage ditch or something similar to that in the area.
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yup baby cottonmouth...i live in central which is right by zachary and aint no copperheads around here...too far south i think....there are MILLIONS of cottonmouths around here tho...by the way baby rattlesnakes also have green/yellow tails
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The yellow-tipped tail gives it away.......Nasty little boogers with no venom control.....no dry bites with the little ones......watch it, be careful!
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That is a copperhead. Put out some moth balls around your house, that will keep them away. I know for a watermacouson if he is mad he will give off a skunk smell. A snake doesn't change colors when they get older that is BS. One guy told me that when you shot a snake you will always hit him in head because they strike at the bullit. I told him he was full of s***. Hope the dog is ok and be careful
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   Marshrat
http://www.snakegetters.com/snake.html

Warren
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   kjs123
sampson, i posted some ref. photos of 3 different snakes for you to see. you do have a cottonmouth, go check them out. redfishfeaver you should go check them out too. a mature cottonmouth gets darker and his markings become dull with age... just like an alligator.
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   BIRD DOG
There are two ways to keep them out of your yard.The best way is to let some kingsnakes go,they will eat all other snakes.If you dont like snakes at all you can get some geese.Geese will eat all the babys and you just have to kill the adults.By the way thats a baby mocassin.
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   fishbaja
Juvenile copperheads have the yellow tail.....my vote is copperhead. Let us know if you can get a definate ID.
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http://tinyurl.com/npbjlk

http://tinyurl.com/luevad

try these 2.

here is a good one
http://www.kingsnake.com/stha/western-cottonmouth-southern-copperhead.jpeg
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   Guy L
How is the pup this morning?
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it looks like a copper head to me
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it looks like a copperhead to me but it could be a young cottonmouth
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I have always understood that they both had the bright yellow tails as they are really closely related. My vote is a dangerous young snake that needs to be handled with extreme care. Sorry to hear about the dog. I would guess if he is still breathing by now he will surely make it. Can you imagine if some young kids found them and wanted to handle the brightly colored "worms". Good luck and thanks for sharing.
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   MCBen27
copperhead or cottonmouth....WHATEVER! Both are bad business! If i had to vote i would say you got some young cotton mouths in the pic. YUK!!!
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They stink like you would not believe too! Do not touch them with your bare hands, that stink can not be washed off. (2 days). Learned that one the hard way.
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did you notice a smell>? watermelon =copperhead
skunk= cotton mouth
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Theres no dought that is a copperhead.Talk about some very agressive snakes. I hope that your boxer makes it.
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Man, if you killed three this week, you might wanna find out where they coming from....might be a nest somewhere...
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   josie1
This is definitely a cottonmouth
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Have killed many of those clearing logs and brush on the hunting lease. Copperhead.

Hope your pup is okay.
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I thought this was a copperhead for sure.

I just looked at some pics, and the yellow tail has me believing it is a baby cottonmouth. According to this site, with pics, both species look very similar when they are young. Dangerous.

http://tinyurl.com/lqhfhn
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that is no doubt a copperhead if you look at the pictures on the other post the top picture is a young cottonmouth and the middle one is a copperhead bothe copperhead and young cottonmouth has a greenish tail (I looke it up on the web) they showed bothe with yellow/grenish tails notice the bands on the copperhead they are exactly like the one that samson killed a young cotton mouth does not have solid confined bands as the copperhead
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That is a Cotton mouth. No doubt...

A Copper heads bands always form an hour glass. There is no question that those are broken haphazard shaped bands.

I learned that when I went to snake identifying school!
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   mr.coon
i agree that it is a cottonmouth. they can have that light color when they are young. i killed one while squirrel hunting that was pink and black with a green tip on its tail. i would have brought it back to the camp to take a pic, but i was afraid to put it in my squirrel bag. the thought of hunting all morning with a snake in my bag gave me the willies too much.
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   mr.coon
http://fwie.fw.vt.edu/vhs/venomous-look-a-likes/cottonmouth-look-a-likes/cottonmouth.asp
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Looks like a copper headed water rattler to me.
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I shortened some of the urls in this thread. The links are fine, though.
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   fedrh20
That is a strait up copperhead..... No doubt! Put money on it!
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absolutely a cottonmouth. I saw a baby copperhead last week and the orange on them is distinct. This is just a juvenile moccassin.
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   seagu11
Cottonmouth/Copperhead, both moccasins and going to pack the same punch at that age.
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   fedrh20
Don't bet money Bass dude!
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   young_gun
copperhead. if you already killed three you better be careful cuz they prolly gonna have more
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   Guy L
Enough about the dam snake, HOW IS THE DOG?
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defintely. a young cottonmouth!!! just open his mouth and if its white as cotton, you'll know for sure!! no mistaking it!!
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   fedrh20
Really how is the dog? Look at the spots within the lighter bands. Copperheads have this and cottonmouths do not.
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   roadhead
cottinmouth
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   dkremer
definitely a copperhead
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   jhunter
copper head and 90% of the time they travel in pairs good size also probably has little ones around.
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   cblood9
I caught and had snakes my whole life its a copperhead 100% (agkistrodon contortrix). The young have the classic yellow tail used to lure in prey. They are poisonous and usually not lethal.
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   shootinem
Ok guys not trying to sound ingorant or stupid here, but to me it looks as thought it could be either on. My guess was actuall cotton mouth aka congo, but only because the young ones have the yellow on the tail just like that one does, and the only copperheads I've ever seen have the hourglass markings on them, and these 2 snakes don't. But I do admit I'm no expert and I could be and probably am wrong. Could it not have the hourglass markings due to the age? Just asking cause I don't know.
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By no means am I an expert but I have been in the swamp all my life and Have NEVER seen a lil mocassin look like that!!!
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   shootinem
Seen a couple look like that with the yellow tails. I actually got bit by one. But I'm no snake expert but the snake that bit me was in fact a cotton mouth, but the one thing i will never forget about that snake is the smell !!!!!!!!!
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Thanks again for all the info. Yes I have killed three of these so far this week, and yes I am on a mission to find any others that may be around. In addition to the boxer Molly who is doing fine I also have a 2 year old son who is ready to get his back yard back... Thanks again, I knew I could count on my fellow sportsman. And for the folks who didn't see the other post the snakes were identified as juvenile water moccasins. Be on the look out-- I get a sick feeling everytime I think that my son could have been bitten instead of my Boxer.
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