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The much maligned moccasin



While people are coming to understand that snakes are vital to the overall ecosystem, one venomous species found locally retains a bad reputation that is completely unearned and that is the “deadly” cottonmouth moccasin.

Yarns are spun about the moccasin chasing people down or entering boats and...

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  1. I have lived on Lake Thurmond for 28 years and have seen one water moccasin; however over the last two years we have seen at least six pygmy rattlesnakes in our yard. Both of our dogs were bitten by them. We spent $2000 for treatment of one of the dogs. Now we have them vaccinated with snake vaccine once a year. These snakes are about 12 inches long, blend in with pinestraw and mulch, have no rattler, and their venom caused swelling in our dogs. Thankfully, the dogs survived.

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