While walking along a creek taking stock pictures for a Thrunite flashlight review I heard leaves rustling behind me. I turned around and saw a snake slithering down the bank and into the creek.
Upon reaching the water the snake stopped and was looking straight at me. I have heard that the water moccasin (cotton mouth) can be aggressive. I do not know if this is true. Most of the cotton mouths I have came across where happy to slither away, or they coiled up and stayed still.
There was a dried vine hanging close to my head. I reached up and snapped off a piece of the vine that was about 2 feet long. The snake started to slither towards me, so I stepped into the middle of the creek where the water was running at a faster pace than close to the bank. The snake continued along the edge of the bank and went into a clump of roots that were in the water.
I just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. It appeared that I may have spooked the snake and it just wanted to get back to its home, and I was between the snake and where it wanted to go.
Looking at the snake for a few seconds I realized it was a water snake and not a cotton mouth water moccasin. The head was not that of a water moccasin and the body was much smaller. This snake had a narrow head and slim body. The water moccasin has a well defined triangle shaped head and thick body.
Honestly I do not care what kind of snake it is. It can go on its merry little way and leave me alone.