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Do water moccasins really swim in a mating ball, like in the movie Lonesome Dove, or is that just bull?

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  • Do water moccasins really swim in a mating ball, like in the movie Lonesome Dove, or is that just bull?

    No moccasins up here in the Garden State, so is this Hollywood making up stories again?

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    I think I live in a pretty heavily moccasin inhabited area(s.e. Missouri) the most I've ever came across was 6.in one pile. I am pretty positive it was a single female with 5 boyfriends. I've never seen multiple females together. Just my experience. If someone says they have I'm not going to argue. Heard once they won't climb into low branches along a bank. That's b.s. Copperheads do it also.

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    • #3
      I can,t say Moccasins but I have seen a ball nearly the size of a basketball rolling with the current in a shallow stream,we watched as some singles swam alongside attaching to the fun and others became dislodged all the while the snake ball rolled downstream.

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      • #4
        The "Nest" of cottonmouths has been a tale-teller's staple for a long time. I live in south Alabama, where you can find a moccasin pretty near any time you want one, and, like Dewman, I've never seen more than three together, however, three of them could bite you a bunch of times if they wanted to.

        Actually, I don't see as many moccasins as I used to and figure the feral hogs have eaten them, along with most of the other snakes in the area. That is not a good thing, since snakes keep the rodent population down.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by country road View Post
          The "Nest" of cottonmouths has been a tale-teller's staple for a long time. I live in south Alabama, where you can find a moccasin pretty near any time you want one, and, like Dewman, I've never seen more than three together, however, three of them could bite you a bunch of times if they wanted to.

          Actually, I don't see as many moccasins as I used to and figure the feral hogs have eaten them, along with most of the other snakes in the area. That is not a good thing, since snakes keep the rodent population down.
          Ya, left out frogs...........you old man;-))

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          • #6
            I've never seen more then one moccasin at a time had one try to clime in to my Jon-boat & Air Boat in around the month of August their matting season.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by country road View Post
              The "Nest" of cottonmouths has been a tale-teller's staple for a long time. I live in south Alabama, where you can find a moccasin pretty near any time you want one, and, like Dewman, I've never seen more than three together, however, three of them could bite you a bunch of times if they wanted to.

              Actually, I don't see as many moccasins as I used to and figure the feral hogs have eaten them, along with most of the other snakes in the area. That is not a good thing, since snakes keep the rodent population down.
              I'm still hearing plenty of, "Jug 'o Rums" from around the pond and down it the creek bottoms.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 6phunter View Post
                I can,t say Moccasins but I have seen a ball nearly the size of a basketball rolling with the current in a shallow stream,we watched as some singles swam alongside attaching to the fun and others became dislodged all the while the snake ball rolled downstream.
                Sounds like what I've heard about garter snakes mobbing a female in the spring.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by country road View Post
                  The "Nest" of cottonmouths has been a tale-teller's staple for a long time. I live in south Alabama, where you can find a moccasin pretty near any time you want one, and, like Dewman, I've never seen more than three together, however, three of them could bite you a bunch of times if they wanted to.

                  Actually, I don't see as many moccasins as I used to and figure the feral hogs have eaten them, along with most of the other snakes in the area. That is not a good thing, since snakes keep the rodent population down.
                  CR, I went online and heard the same thing about a moccasin ball being bogus.
                  It is just a rumor and a old wise tale.
                  ??

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                  • #10
                    We get big clusters of snakes up here in New York, especially over east around the capital region. It's usually a feeding-frenzy of sorts, and I think another reason is, they're the only ones who can stand each other's company.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MattM37 View Post
                      We get big clusters of snakes up here in New York, especially over east around the capital region. It's usually a feeding-frenzy of sorts, and I think another reason is, they're the only ones who can stand each other's company.
                      It sounds like a ball of venomous liberals near the NY capital region.

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                      • #12
                        These Moccasins are the best for the yard work. I have fought for my friends as a present. He is a farmer and he said that they are very comfortable and at the same time safe. You know he is working every day with stringers and trimmers, if you want to find out more about this click here, I'm sure that when you will see this blog even if you don't have a garden and don't work in it, you will do it. You know my friend is developing in me the love for nature and now I'm thinking to make a garden in the back of my house.

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