Can you tell the difference between a cottonmouth and a broad-banded water snake?
Coyote Peterson is attempting to find both a banded water snake and a cottonmouth in the swamps of south Texas. Watch the video to see how he's able to capture this pair of serpents and show how they differ in both appearance and temperament.
Knowing how to determine if a snake is venomous or not is crucial when stalking the woods and waters where these snakes dwell. Not only will learning the field markings of snakes found in your area keep you safe, it will also make for a more enjoyable outing when a slithery friend shows up unexpectedly.
The old adage that "the only good snake is a dead snake" is only an admission of ignorance on the part of the human. Learn the looks of your local snakes, stay safe, and let nature's balance be whenever possible.