For decades the story of Bigfoot circulated through my life, along with Nessie, and stories of Cottonmouths chasing people. As it turns out, most of the grainy photos of Bigfoot and Nessie were faked, and as the internet was invented, more and more videos that were fakes popped up like mushrooms in cow patties.
But as more fakes appeared, the ability to spot fakes also got better. Two guys in Georgia sold a frozen Bigfoot for fifty grand, got caught, and both are in prison. DNA proved their creature was roadkill stuff inside a gorilla suit.
There’s a FB group dedicated to this very end with about five thousand members. I’m one of them. Each day someone posts a video, sometimes many people post many videos, of human beings interacting with Cottonmouths, and no one, not one person is getting chased, or attacked. Seems like, if you can trust multiple videos by dozens of different people, Cottonmouths aren’t aggressive at all, and they do not chase people.
In fact, since the beginning of time, there have only been four people in the United States that were killed by being bitten by a Cottonmouth. I can dispute half of those. One was a guy who was in training in the Marines and had just run ten miles. The other was a drunk who didn’t seek treatment, and he was using meth. That leaves two people, ever.
Now, if these creatures are aggressive, and they chase people, they do not seem to be very good at what they are famous for, are they? You’d think after thousands of years of chasing people they would have caught more than two or three, don’t you?
You would think, wouldn’t you, if these stories are true, then there would be many more videos of Cottonmouths chasing people, and not so many of Cottonmouths not chasing people.
Here’s a photo for you to think about, the classic posture of a Cottonmouth, with its mouth agape, fangs out, head thrown back.
The one video many of us are waiting for, is proof of a Cottonmouth chasing someone.
But it is not chasing me, is it?
I’ve been doing this for over fifty years. That’s five decades of fieldwork. Not once, ever, have I been chased.
But let me close with a video. It speaks for itself.
Mike writes regularly at his site: The Hickory Head Hermit.
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