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Official Ginnie Springs Megadive Thread

Discussion in 'Florida' started by DEEPSEAWOLF, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. simbrooks

    simbrooks Snr LayZboy Meteorologist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Sounds like you all had a great time. Sorry we couldnt be there.

    Please dont tell my wife regarding the snakes, even if they arent poisonous, knowing they are by the river close to the campsite would just freak her out - we know there are gators, snakes and spiders etc all over florida - she just prefers not getting up close to them! :wink:

    Fall trip also looks out for us as we'll just have had the baby earlier that month and be getting used to all of that!
     
  2. Gibbon

    Gibbon Barracuda

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    Location: High Springs, FL
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    Yepper.
    As Bugman pointed out, what you have there is a Florida Brown Snake.
    The brown snake is one of those oddities that has the spade head, but isn't venomous.
    One of the easy ways for me to tell the diff now is: If the Marks on it's side and back are seperate from each other, then it's a water snake.
    If the marks go from one side of the belly, across the back, and back down to the opposit side of the belly, then you've got a moccasan.
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    You can also see a very thin and light line going from it's nose, across the top of the eye, and to the back of the head.
    This is a young one, and the shade of their bodies can be different, but that's the gist of it.

    Sorry if this turned into a bit of a wildlife class :lotsalove: but I think it's important to be able to recognize the dangerous ones. Especially considering where we have our play time :D

    Jarred
     
  3. Ed Jackson1

    Ed Jackson1 Barracuda

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    Oh. I thought I was taking pictures of a dangerous snake. If it was, I guess he wouldn't have liked me sticking the camera in his face.
     
  4. Ed Jackson1

    Ed Jackson1 Barracuda

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    Can you put something on the picture that shows the marks on the back and side. I'm not sure which ones to look for.
     
  5. Scuba_Jenny

    Scuba_Jenny dirty-finned dive goddess ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Hollywood, Florida
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    Like this???


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  6. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
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    Here's another example of a Mocassin, took this one with a zoom lense. It didn't stick around long. When they are bigger, like this, they usually get very dark and the markings are less obvious.

    http://www.suprbugman.com/albums/album106/Cottonmouth3_16_6.jpg
     
  7. Marc Bryan

    Marc Bryan Instructor, Scuba

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    For all those who were unable to attend, I swear there was more to the weekend than SNAKES!! Hopefully we will have some pics soon!
     
  8. jeandiver

    jeandiver Loggerhead Turtle

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    Interesting. You look like MAP1 of Ginnie :D
    So is your nose the end of the Roller Coaster?

    Jeano of Beano
     
  9. Marc Bryan

    Marc Bryan Instructor, Scuba

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    I have a very large problem with this flow out of my ear. I cannot seem to get it to stop. :)
     
  10. scubafool

    scubafool Solo Diver

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