The footage in this clip shows how aggressive and opportunistic the cottonmouth can be after it almost effortlessly takes down a rattlesnake. As summer fishing trips take you deeper in to the wilderness, this video should serve as a reminder to always be aware of what lurks below you.
The two snakes pass each other slowly, like two bucks bristled up before a rut-crazed sparring match. The cottonmouth sized up the rattler, poised to strike. In an instant, the rattlesnake was lost in the jaws of its counterpart and became a meal for the larger snake. See the full video on ‘ojatro’ YouTube page.