Topic: Cottonmouth mating balls...fact or fiction?
Thought I'd post this little topic and see what everyone knows and/or thinks about it.
If you'd never heard of this snake story, it's basically a description of "thousands" of writhing Cottonmouth that congregate in large mating balls in the water (usually described as taking place in late summer).
Most scientists have dismissed such accounts as simply watersnakes that have congregated in last-standing pools of a creek. There they hunt for the last remaining fish. And yes, this is a phenomenon I have witnessed. In one pool, late one summer of a particularly dry year, I must have observed 10 watersnakes (or more) in a small mudpuddle hardly larger than 4 feet across!
But I'm still not entirely convinced that this completely reasons away all of the layperson accounts of these Cottonmouth "mating balls"....
What do you think? Please post your thoughts.