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What are they, and which one is which?

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Banded water on the left, Cottonmouth to the right?
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banded on the left, cottonmouth on the right.
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They is snakes!
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those are a pair of those messndrawers snakus'
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Nerodia water snake on the left, moccasin on the right.
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I'd call the one on the left a Red Bellied Water Snake and the one on the right a Cottonmouth, Watermoccasin, Spawn of Satan X-Wife snake.
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I call either me beatin feet outta there.
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the one on the left is a Hognose, the one on the right is a Cottonmouth.
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Hognose left, banded water snake on the right.
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those are a pair of those messndrawers snakus'
'specially if you step that close to them without knowing they are there.
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Banded water snakes. One freshly molted and the other molting. Male and female.
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The one on the left is a water snake in a classic defensive stance and the one on the right is a cottonmouth.
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The differences I see are the water snake has distinctive yellow/orange stripes, while the cottonmouth has more defined black stripes. Also, it looks like the cottonmouth has black stripes on his cheeks. Are these good ways to identify each from one another? If not, what are the best ways to determine one from the other?
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The differences I see are the water snake has distinctive yellow/orange stripes, while the cottonmouth has more defined black stripes. Also, it looks like the cottonmouth has black stripes on his cheeks. Are these good ways to identify each from one another? If not, what are the best ways to determine one from the other?

Watersnakes have vertical stripes across the sides of their jaws, round pupils, and different color patterns than a cottonmouth. Cottonmouths have an band across the eyes, elliptical pupils, and with practice you can tell each at a glance.
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Nerodia water snake on the left, moccasin on the right.
I have a pair of moccasins and neither one of them look like the one on the left, thank goodness.
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The eye band is the dead give away on the cottonmouth. Water snakes typically have a longer, more slender/tapered tail past the vent while moccasins are short and stubbier. Females of both will have fatter tails than males, but the tail is still distinct and longer on the water snake.
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Good lesson...
I thought I had never seen a water moccasin that wasn't dull gray, dull black, or black.
Makes me wonder about all those water snakes that I weren't scared of. Seen a few that were aggressive enough to chase my fishing lures back towards the boat...
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Doesn't a moccasins swim with his head up above the water a couple of inches? Watersnake swims with his head in the water?
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Good lesson...
I thought I had never seen a water moccasin that wasn't dull gray, dull black, or black.
Makes me wonder about all those water snakes that I weren't scared of. Seen a few that were aggressive enough to chase my fishing lures back towards the boat...


Like this one, as opposed to the dull colored one?

Ironically, these two were about 40 yards apart, the bright one I gt the shot from one of my deerstands in early November, and the dull colored one in February. It had come out to sun on the log after a night that had been in the high 20s.

The bottom pic is just one to play with.
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Yes. I see the bright bands and think water snake. The dull gray one on the bottom is my idea of a cottonmouth.
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Now will take notice of the horizontal band thru the eye...
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Do they swim with their heads up?

Most every one I`ve ever seen does. The body of a cottonmouth floats high in the water. So does a rattlesnake in the water.
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I've seen a rattlesnake on the water. Unmistakable and surprisingly ON TOP of the water. Not even a little bit under.
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I think the speed of its flagellations kept it from breaking the surface of the water.
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