Baby cottonmouths are by far some of the most beautiful and stoic photography subjects I’ve ever had. They’re so variable and colorful; no two neos are the same. This one was one of the most tolerant snakes I’ve ever dealt with, counting both hots and non-hots. It was more well-behaved and handleable any wild colubrid I’ve ever encountered. The reputation cottonmouths receive is highly undeserved; they would always rather flee than have to deal with people. Out of 53 cottonmouths, only one expressed any form of defensive behavior, and even then it was all mock strikes. In a way I feel as if they know just how powerful they are and simply don’t feel the need to use it unless they are imperiled; this neonate could’ve easily sent me to the hospital if it felt threatened, and an adult could’ve produced a life threatening bite. They wanted none of that, just to go about themselves. Venomous reptiles have a ridiculously terrible reputation that is wholly undeserved, as they are all defensive creatures. Just goes to show that the media and typical representation of these animals is completely off, as they can’t even distinguish aggression from defensive behaviors
So a few people asked for video of me feeding a wild Diamondback a mouse. I fed 5 animals tonight and this guy really didn’t need it but I had an extra so I gave it to him. The other 4 were much thinner females. This was the only video I could condensed into a minute. The best one was a female that crawled over to me to take the mouse but it’s a longer video.