The birders among you may already know that the Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow shares its marl prairie habitat with Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Yellowthroats, grackles, and the occasional raptor or migrating bird. But what else—besides birds—inhabits this vast expanse of grass?

For this post, I’ll share a few of my reptile finds from my walks through the marl prairie…


The reptilian that I most commonly encounter is the Cottonmouth, also known as a Water Moccasin (pictured behind me, above, and close up, below).  Unlike other snakes, who tend to slither away unseen, these guys like to stand their ground, baring their white mouths as a warning.  Cottonmouths are equipped with hematoxic venom but are (thankfully) not too aggressive.  Unless you int