Agkistrodon conanti, 19 March 2015

Agkistrodon conanti, the Florida cottonmouth;
Monroe county, Florida (19 March 2015).

A juvenile Florida cottonmouth in south Florida striking a fairly classic chin-up pose. This is a cautionary stance. If further threatened, the snake would likely gape its mouth open to flash the cottony-white inside of its mouth. In this case, the wee snake simply held its ground for a few moments, decided I wasn’t that much of a threat, and then continued onward off the path.

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