The cottonmouth didn’t stand a chance…
Florida is well known for a crazy large number of deadly wild animals.
Alligators, pythons, panthers, sharks, the list goes on, but one that tends to be overlooked is the number of venomous snakes.
The Sunshine State is home to 6 species of venomous snakes which include 3 breeds of rattlesnakes, copperheads, coral snakes, and cottonmouths, also called water moccasins.
Most tend to live in the heavily forested areas and brushlands, but the water moccasins, as their name would suggest, thrive near lakes, rivers, and ponds.
Although plenty fearful in their own right, there’s just no competing with the king of Florida waters.
Alligators tend to eat mostly fish and small game, but when the opportunity arises, they’re not afraid to take out some of these slithering swimmers, especially when they’re sunning on the shore and most vulnerable.
This video is a prime example of that.
A cottonmouth is minding its own business, soaking up the rays of another perfect Florida day, when unbeknownst to it, a dinosaur is closing in.
The gator silently slides up right next to him, and when the prey is in striking distance, lunges forward, grabs ahold, and gives the snake a life ending thrashing before gobbling it down in a few quick bites.
It’s always shocking to see an alligator’s power in action. Even though the snake is much smaller, the speed and violence which it ends its life sends chills up my spine.
Score another one for the alligators…
Giant Gator Plops Down Right On Hunter’s Corn Pile
Does a gator sh*t in the woods?
I guess so…
Imagine waking up at the crack of dawn to get out to the woods, hoping you bag the biggest buck of your life.
After a couple hours, you can’t find anything within range, but then you start to feel the damn deer stand begin to shake, and you see something ginormous walking your direction off in the distance…
And sure enough, it’s the biggest alligator you’ve ever seen before in your life.
That’s exactly what happened to this bowhunter from Macon, Georgia.
“It was just another afternoon in the climbing stand for a bowhunter in Macon County, Georgia.
Then he hears something coming, and with anticipation he tightens his grip on his bow… oh, but it was no deer. Like a scene from Jurassic Park a huge alligator appears, lumbering through the pines before laying down in a corn pile.
He was hunting in planted pines more than 1,500 yards, almost a mile, from a river and retention pond where a 13-foot alligator is known to reside.
Before dark, the alligator lumbered away, but not back toward the river, instead it went toward the hunter’s truck. Made for a hair-raising, careful walk out of the woods in the dark.”
If I was him, I would’ve been staying put for a little while.
No chance I’m messing with that thing…
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Campers Wake Up To Massive Herd Of Bison Surrounding Their Tents At Yellowstone
That would scare the life out of you after a sleep in your tent.
Imagine waking up in Yellowstone and seeing whole herd surrounding your campsite would give you the biggest scare ever.
Bison are massive and have the potential to get mad and run you right over. This is the opposite of what you want when you go to one of these parks, but it is just one of the risks of seeing some really cool stuff.
At least these folks are intelligent.
The video starts with a whole herd surround a tent set out in the wild, with one bison laying down and rolling onto its back. The person who formerly occupied the tent is filming and starts to debrief us on what is taking place.
“This is Slough Creek 2021, Bison rut. Our back-country campsite has been taken over. We had to evacuate our tent when we heard the ruckus coming. And now we sit and wait.”
Talk about a wild morning…you’ve gotta think a herd of bison would make you up more than you’re typical morning coffee.
The man makes light of the whole situation
“Ironically the kids were asking me earlier if I ever had bison near my tent”
Should have knocked on wood. That is bound to happen after something like that is said.
The bison roll round and surround the campsite as the camper figures there are more than 300.
I just can’t imagine waking up to the sound of them coming in. That would bring you to your feet pretty quick.
Good thing the campers were smart and made distance from these large beasts.
Bison Railroads Fellow Bison Running From Wolf Pack
You know that old Tracy Lawrence song, “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” featuring Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney?
Well, this bison found out the hard way that he didn’t have any…
This is a pretty old video, perhaps somewhere up in Canada… I don’t really know, and at the end of the day, it’s really not that important.
What is import is that we got a herd of bison getting attacked by a hungry pack of wolves.
The littler fella has got the whole pack on his ass, and it’s not looking good. The entire pack is swarming him, taking bites here and there, and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before this young bison becomes lunch for the wolfpack.
But then, a much bigger, absolute UNIT of a bison tries to help? Or leave the youngster for dead… it’s impossible to tell.
Running through the pack of wolves AND the other bison, he absolutely railroads everybody on the scene, leaving his fellow bison at the mercy of the wolfpack.
If he was trying to help, he made things a lot, lot worse…
Either way, I (and the rest of the internet) laughed way too hard at this.
Survival of the fittest is a mf’er, huh?
Here’s the full scene:
And for old times’ sake…
Bison Stampede Haults Traffic At Yellowstone National Park
My kinda traffic jam.
You never know what you’re gonna see at Yellowstone. While traveling through the park in Wyoming, one parkgoer found herself in the middle of a full blown bison stampede.
“I was just driving through Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming for a lovely fall adventure when the bison – as we often see happen – decided to conduct traffic their own way.”
Pretty damn cool. A bit nerve-racking, but still… really damn cool. And so far, this viral encounter has racked up nearly 2 million views on Facebook.
If you’ve haven’t made it out to Yellowstone yet, put that one on your bucket list (and then scratch it off) ASAP.