The picture here is a water moccasin I killed a few weeks ago on Cross Lake in Shreveport, LA. I see them several times a week swimming close to the shore. The balcony on my back porch provides a great elevated position to spot them and kill them. I’ve been using a Gamo Whisper pellet gun 1200 feet per second. I’ve been able to take out 10-12 snakes over the past several months, but this is the only one I’ve been able to pull out of the water after the kill. This particular water moccasin was not ready to die after I shot him, he was still alive when I pulled him out of the water with my rake, so I finished him off by taking a machete to his head.
Post Update – it turns out this is not a water moccasin, it is a banded water snake. The moral of the story is that if you see a snake swimming by your dock, you should not try to shoot it with a pellet gun, until you can confirm if the snake is a water moccasin or a banded water snake. As the snake is swimming by extremely fast, make sure and check to see if it has a fat head and a blunt tail. Banded water snakes are definitely something that you DO not want to kill because they eat so many rodents and are extremely friendly. In fact they make great pets.