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Old 12-28-2004, 11:39 PM   #9
Actually, it is not a stretch to call a cottonmouth deadly..... They can and do kill.......
Considering that the U.S. averages 12 fatal snake bites per year, and 99% of those are from rattlesnakes, I think it's a stretch. You're much more likely to be killed by a dog or a bee sting.

That being said, you won't find me freehandling anything venomous, and I don't find it a responsible thing to do (mostly because of the bad impression it gives of hobbyists).